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That Show with Joan Rivers: Vol. 1-3

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This 3-disc set includes 18 episodes of That Show with Joan Rivers. Each episode had a theme and Joan did an opening monologue based on the day's topic. The show also featured an expert on the subject and a celebrity guest. More than two decades before The Joan Rivers Show of the early nineties and when her daughter, Melissa, was barely a year old, Joan hosted her own syndicated daytime talk show on WNBC-TV of New York City called THAT SHOW. Commuting from her apartment on Park Avenue, Joan hosted and her husband, Edgar, produced THAT SHOW which aired five-times-a-week. The half-hour show would feature a guest celebrity as well as an expert guest tackling a particular subject-of-the-day. Joan would mix up a likely subject with an unlikely celebrity. Joan delivers 300 words a minute hilariously tearing into every subject from her own life to nudism or even buying a new car. THAT SHOW is a virtual time capsule of subject matters and personalities of the day, available to the public for the first time in over two decades! And it was the genius and tireless efforts of the young "working mother" who produced and captured it all for her new and old fans alike.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joan Rivers
  • Directors: Al DeCaprio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 414 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OT0TYS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,547 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 5, 2012
Fans of 1960s TV and fans of Rivers' early days as a standup comic will find this "time capsule" fascinating, though there are some dull moments too.

As pointed out in an earlier review here by Terry Richard, Rivers had a daily 30-minute LOCAL TV "talk show" in New York in 1968, produced by her late-husband Edgard Rosenberg (who had sense to store copies of the videotapes for the future). Being in NYC, Rivers had access to many well known personalities who came through the City and each day she'd pair one of those "personalities" with an unknown expert on a subject that might interest the daytime audience. The "expert" was the focus of the discussion with the "personality" joining Rivers in asking questions. And the "personality" was not chosen as a "match" for the subject. It was just whoever was available that day.

Every show had the same format - not unlike what continues today on "Regis & Kelly" (now just Kelly) or "Ellen": Rivers would do a monologue (rarely on the day's "topic"), then introduce the "expert" and finally introduce the "personality". They would chat for maybe 15 minutes and then the audience (which looks a lot like Kelly's audience if she did her show 45 years ago). Commercials have been removed.

This set contains 18 episodes on three DVDS from a six-week period August - September 1968. Even though they are presented chronologically, you can see how Rivers changed her hair-do nearly daily.

The subjects covered are listed in Richard's review so I won't re-hash them. But the "guests" include Jerry Lewis - (arguing with a child psychologist about raising kids in show business - Lewis's son Gary was having a pop music career at that point)), Soupy Sales (with an "etiquette" expert) and Johnny Carson (with the head of a nudist retreat.
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I didn't know this existed until I happened to see it here on Amazon. Joan's comedic skills were just getting honed on this talk show. The lineup of guests makes it worth it. Carol Lawrence (when she was married to Robert Goulet), Jerry Lewis, Johnny Carson and Soupy Sales just for starters. The topics of discussion weren't all that interesting but the old footage of these legends makes it worth it. Definitely recommended!
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Long before she became a houshold name as one of the funniest and most controversial comediennes of all-time and before she hosted her 1990's daytime chat fest, Joan Rivers had her very first daytime talk show in the 1968-1969 televison season which was syndicated to most NBC stations. Although only lasting one year "That Show with Joan Rivers" is available now in this 3-disc DVD set after being originally released in three different individual sets.

"That Show" featured some of the biggest names of the day in showbiz, everyone from Johnny Carson, Florence Henderson, ED Sullivan and Soupy Sales and Joan was her old self, the one with the mouth that wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind. Each episode covered a certain topic in which both Joan and her guest discussed.

The series was broadcast over most NBC-owned stations at 9:30 am Eastern for a half hour was became a huge success. However, half way through the season many stations began airing "That Show" at different times of the day to compete with soap operas, game shows and other afternoon fare. As a result "That Show's" ratings plummeted and Joan, fed up with the bad numbers and being exhuasted, decided to call it quits.

The episodes have never been seen on television since it went off the air in 1969. Since the shows themselves are being released in volumes I would suspect that if sales are good more volumes will be made available.

The following is a list of topics covered in each volume:

Volume 1 covered "Nudism", "Interior Decorating", "Natural Childbirth", "Children in Show Business", "Women's Hats" and "Social Director".

Volume 2 covers "Cosmetic Surgery", "Etiquette", "Are You In Shape?", "Hypnosis", "Catering", and "Teenagers Today".
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This was recorded sooo long ago that you can hardly tell it's Joan Rivers. I loved Joan dearly, but I could barely watch one of the shows. Just too old to be enjoyable, and I myself am pretty old; so I know of what I speak. The DVDs themselves were in very good condition, so it had nothing to do with the seller, just the time frame of the shows themselves. Sorry, Joan.
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Firstly I am since Joan Rivers died I have become completely fascinated with her; prior to this horrible probably botched passing I have always thought she was hilarious and I saw her once with my mother in L.A. decades ago. I could not believe the ghastly news so I purchased her documentary A Piece of Work and it is so remarkable and Joan Rivers is so impressive I have since bought everything I could lay my hands on including Don't Start With Me and the movie she made with Melissa starring as themselves and all they went through together after Edgar committed suicide and how cathartic this was for Joan. GETTING TO THIS DVD IT IS LIKE GOING IN A TIME CAPSULE!! Even so very early on Joan was so, so funny and her timing as always just incredible. I love her monologues; she is a natural and the very first topic is nudist camps and Johnny Carson is a guest and while the whole thing is hilarious and incredible still I found it also particularly poignant and seriously sad that Joan is now dead and Johnny long deceased and that the rift was never healed; Johnny would not speak to Joan to his death and when you see how close they were back in the day. Joan has been criticized by some for becoming perceived as vulgar later on using profanity and joking about the darkest things but this is what made Joan Rivers Joan Rivers and also what made her stand apart, her absolute refusal to apologize in this world we now live in where anything slightly off color requires such was refreshing on Joan's part; and let's face it; it's really funny to see an older still really attractive (yeah yeah some) woman be so crude and equally fascinating to see that she needn't be to be funny as is orchestrated in these ancient clips....Read more ›
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