Joan Rivers

MAKERS
Women in Comedy

 

Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

 

Women in Comedy
Track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and up through today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

 

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Joan Rivers, A Piece of Work

 

A tribute to the late Joan Rivers, this documentary is a year-long ride with legendary comedian, filmed in 2010 in her 76th year of life. The film peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the comedy business.