Most people know Joan Rivers as a foul-mouthed comic who makes millions hawking her jewelry and sunglasses and clothing and nail polish on QVC.
Others know her as Melissa’s mother.
Some know her from her flaccis film appearances. Some know her . . .
Let’s cut the crap: Long before Joan became the surgically-streamlined plastic woman, she hosted a morning chat fest entitled That Show.
Those great days are finally coming back to life (sort of like Joan’s skin) now that Film Chest and Synergy Entertainment are releasing That Show, Volumes 1-3 on DVD, available yo the public for the first time since its original network broadcast more than four decades ago.
Long before The Joan Rivers Show in the early ’90s–when her daughter was barely a year old–Rivers hosted her first talk show–which aired weekdays in syndication from 1968-69 on NBC.
Taped in New York City and produced by the young working mother and her late husband, Edgar, each show hosted a top celebrity, as well as an “expert” tackling the day’s featured subject. In Joan’s now-beloved brash, staccato style, the guests and the subject were frequently at odds: An etiquette writer vs. boxer Rocky Graziano; a psychotherapist who had written a book on martial arts vs. James Earl Jones, star of The Great White Hope.
Celeb guests featured in this three-disc collector’s set include Joel Grey, Carol Lawrence, Jerry Lewis, Soupy Sales, Steve Lawrence, Dick Cavett, Florence Henderson, Kitty Carlisle, Nancy Walker and Shecky Green. Johnny Carson even makes an appearance, decades before THE FIGHT.
Topics covered in Volume 1 include “Nudism,” “Interior Decorating,” “Natural Childbirth,” Children in Show Business,” “Women’s Hats” and “Social Director.” Volume 2 features “Cosmetic Surgery,” “Etiquette,” “Are You in Shape?,” “Hypnosis,” “Catering” and “Teenagers Today.” Volume 3 features “Does Your Child Love You?,” “The Jet Set,” “Do You Need a Maid?,” “Fan Magazines,” “Speed Reading” and “Men’s Furs.”