Comedy Central will roast Joan Rivers

04.08.09 9 years ago

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Joan Rivers has been mocking herself in detailed and graphic fashion for decades. Will there be anything left when Comedy Central looks at the plastic surgery-loving comic?

Comedy Central announced on Wednesday (April 8) that the cable network will tape a roast of Rivers on Sunday, July 26, airing on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. ET.

“I’m thrilled to be doing this for Comedy Central,” Rivers says in a statement. “The last time I was Roasted I was half of a two-for-one special: Joan of Arc and me.”

Rivers, one of the stars of this season’s “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, is probably best known to contemporary audiences for her mistake-laden Red Carpet specials. It’s almost impossible to remember that she was once a respected comic and Johnny Carson’s most reliable guest host on “The Night Show.”

“Joan Rivers is a comedic genius who has proven that she can take it as hard as she gives it,” says Elizabeth Porter, SVP, specials and talent, Comedy Central. “She’s such a lovely person, but when she takes aim, no one is going to be spared. It should be a crazy night.”

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