DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Monday - JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, ABC2, 9.30pm

I’LL show you fear, Joan Rivers is say­ing as she holds up her di­ary at an empty dou­ble page. To her this means ev­ery­thing she tried to do in life didn’t work, no­body cared and she’s been to­tally for­got­ten. She turns 75 dur­ing this — she’s now 79 — and can’t take a trick. It’s be­fore Fash­ion Po­lice, and at this point she’s wait­ing to hear if she’s on Celebrity Ap­pren­tice (she is and she wins it) but it’s been a dry old year. This is a fan­tas­tic doc­u­men­tary, with some pen­e­trat­ing in­sights into a pi­o­neer­ing, lac­er­at­ing comic who, above all else, has sur­vived 50 years in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

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