Joan Rivers Advice to Young Comedians in 1981


Joan Rivers was a mother, a grandmother, and a trailblazer for female comedians. No matter where she was or who she was speaking to, the late star always stuck to doing what she knew how to do best: making people laugh.

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Two years before she got her big break as the permanent guest host on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, ET sat down with the then 48-year-old in 1981 to learn more about her comedy act.

"I talk about things nobody ever talked about before," she told ET. “I just say it the way I think we're thinking about it and it's wonderful.”

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The comedienne kept fans and audiences laughing from the beginning until the very end. While it was her funny one-liners that left us cracking up, it’s her advice to young comedians 33 years ago that shows just how much she never changed over the years.

“Send me money,  no seriously,” the late comedian joked in 1981. “Work anywhere, any place, any time. That’s all. Just work and listen to what the audience is responding to … Keep that and throw out everything else.” 

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Check out the video above to see more of Joan’s first interview with ET.