Review: Joan Rivers at Laurie Beechman Theatre

Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing a comedy legend perform live! Joan Rivers is taking NYC by storm with her humorous, raw, and laugh out loud stand-up comedy at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue).

There is a reason Joan Rivers is still performing today...because she knows how to connect with her audience. Whether she's talking about her celebrity friends, Melissa, or the people she hates, Joan's humor is honest, to the point, and most of all delivered in a style that only Joan knows how to do.

Joan Rivers paved the way for many of today's female comedians and she continues to revolutionize comedy even today! Joan's comedy is very current and now, where as some comedians live in the past.

For instance, Joan opened her show with a cleaver joke on the new Broadway show "Spiderman," making the audience go wild!! Out of all my years performing comedy and attending shows, I never heard a comedian use Broadway in their comedy act, but leave it to the illustrious Joan Rivers to bring it in and make it hip!

Joan continued her set making fun everyone...from fat people to old people to minorities, Joan didn't hold back! She talked about how when she flies she hates it when a fat person gets on the plane and complains how they had to buy two seats, but then she reminds them that they get two meals and then they shut up. She also comments on how she hates talking to her friends with diseases because it's always about them, well guess what, she goes on to say, "I have problems too." She rants about crippled people and how they always get the best parking spots. "Can't they just wheel themselves a little bit further?" She used to date a man with one leg and he would always say, "Can't you wheel me up the ramp and she would snap back, can't you hop, like the Easter bunny?" She goes on to say, "You know he would have proposed to me, but he kept falling over every time he got down on one knee to ask."

Joan then went on to talk about blind people and pondered, "Why do blind people need an apartment with a view? It's not like they can enjoy it. And when has a blind person ever paid you a compliment like you look fabulous. Oh, Oh...it's okay, I'm friends with Helen Keller. And old people, who likes old people? They smell, but in NY people love old people because they know that means an apartment will be available soon."

Joan Rivers is not only a comedy legend, but an inspiration. From comedy to television (E!'s Fashion police and the new WE reality show "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best" starting January 25) to lecturing tours, to books, to her own jewelry line along with her latest invention "Great Hair Day," Joan River truly does it all!

To have the opportunity to see her live on stage is an experience I won't ever forgot, especially for the fact it was a night of laughter I will continue to laugh about for a long time to come!

There are a few more chances to catch Joan Rivers Live, if you are lucky enough to score a ticket. Joan Rivers live at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) continues on January 4, January 11, January 18, Feburary 1, February 8, and February 15. For tickets, click here!

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