Joan Rivers Jokes Found Not Funny by Some


Comedienne Joan Rivers has not been tickling many funny bones lately as her recent attempts to deliver some racy punch lines have fallen flat and been considered outright not funny and insensitive. The 80-year-old Rivers is never one to filter her words at the expense of a good laugh but her latest remarks have brought a lot of controversy, which Rivers is choosing to merely shrug off.

The latest attempt at a gag that rubbed many wrong was at the expense of troubled actress, Lindsay Lohan. The embattled starlet recently made a very personal and emotional declaration on the final episode of her self-titled reality series on the OWN Network where Lohan announced that she had recently suffered a miscarriage. As Rivers’ schtick is to shock, the nipped-and-tucked sassy-senior, in an off-color attempt to make people laugh, insinuated in a joke that Lindsay Lohan may not have miscarried but rather undergone an abortion. Rivers remarks have been called repugnant by some and an insult to any woman who has ever miscarried a child.

Earlier this month during an appearance on NBC’s Today show, Joan Rivers also received more jeers than cheers over her wise-crack surrounding the three Cleveland, Ohio women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight who were tortured and held captive in a basement for 10 years. The remark sparked action from the legal representatives of two of the Cleveland captives who called Rivers’ comments hurtful and insensitive. The women have asked that Rivers apologize. Not one to be muzzled, Rivers caused further fury by refusing to make an apology and continuing to make further jokes to justify her earlier ones. To disassociate themselves from the controversial spark that was ignited following her appearance, NBC released a statement that they in no way condone the opinions of Ms. Rivers.

Joan Rivers has made a career with her no-holds-barred commentary on any and every topic. The iconic legend has even gone as far as poking fun at herself all in the name of humor. Having been an entertainment fixture since the late 1950’s, Rivers’ career has included stints on Broadway, stand-up, and as the first woman to host her own late-night talk show in 1986.

More recently, the octogenarian is known for reality television, commercial endorsements and her ability to joke with and disarm celebrities on the red-carpet. Rivers makes her comments on celebrity style choices as Host of the E! entertainment program, Fashion Police, where her jokes do toggle between good taste and bad humor. Ongoing jokes about a handful of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Selma Hayak have caused Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police co-hosts Juliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos to uncomfortably squirm in their seats, cringe and shamefully bury their faces in their hands as Joan goes on her comedic rants.

With this latest controversy now playing out in the media, some believe Rivers is getting just what she wants. With so many decades in the spotlight, at this point in her career she may not really care if some thinks she is funny or even makes people laugh. Some believe that for Rivers, the winning punchline is being relevant in the headlines which gives her the last laugh.

By Hal Banfield

USA Today
NY Post

12 Responses to "Joan Rivers Jokes Found Not Funny by Some"

  1. Patti   March 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I posted – where is it?

  2. slujebnabg1   October 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Check out this funny jokes:

  3. cinemagoer   September 5, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Unfunny rubbish

  4. Anne Sewell   September 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    RIP, but I have to admit I NEVER found this comedienne funny, particularly her recent remarks about dead babies in Palestine and how they deserved to die.

  5. Fixxin2   May 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    The problem with Joan is her jokes are just filthy, not funny. If you “work blue” as they say, you better be REALLY funny or you look lame and desperate. I love the actual fashion part of Fashion Police but Joan is almost unwatchable. Thank god for the mute button.

  6. Jennifer-Lee   May 12, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I can’t actually believe this. In the Second Last Paragraph by the middle going onto the end,When you say that George,Kelly and Guliana cringe and shift uncomfortably and put their faces in their hands you are making a big fat mistake. I bet you don’t even watch the show. I watch almost every single episode and they never do that. They always Laugh. Infact, Kelly Laughs in her amazing laugh and normally yell’s/says “Joan”, Guliana Doubles over with her laughter,George covers his mouth while he laughs and Joan smiles and shrugs and says “it’s True” Most of the time. And the rest is completely false and you are just wasting our time. While I’m going to do the same to you by posting this comment. So…Goodbye

  7. Janice   May 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I just wonder have you would respond if it had been YOUR daughter held captive and abused for 10 years. You are disgusting and I hope you reap what you sow!

  8. jatro49   April 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    why read in too deep into the subject?there are only 2 things to do, when you hear a joke.1)laugh at it if you find it funny,or, 2)stay silent or boo if it’s not funny.there’s only one thing you should not do after listening to a joke that’s,giving the joker/comedian moral guidance on what they should say or say not.

  9. Lori   April 29, 2014 at 7:58 am

    If you don’t understand why the jokes about the Cleveland women were not funny at all, put it in perspective. If her grandson, Melissa’s son, had been kidnapped, held captive in a basement for 10 years and raped (and if he were female, forced to give birth to the rapist’s child), and she made the same jokes, would you still be saying they are funny? If she had said, “My grandson in the basement in Cleveland had more room,’’ or “”My grandson got to live rent free for more than a decade . . . he has a book deal. He isn’t in a psych ward. He’s OK. I bet you within three years he will be on Dancing with the Stars.”

    “The TV the guy gave him must not have had SNL.”

    Do you think Melissa would still be sitting at the table with her mother? Is it still funny?

  10. Thom   April 29, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Stand-up comedy is one of the last platforms for feedom of speech. She can say whatever she wants. She is the funniest comedian ever. People who object are what is wrong with society not her. This is her job. I laughed out loud when I saw her say these things. Does that make me a bad person? How dare anybody judge her. Also the joke was at her own expense as she said she was born with a coathanger in her ear. The reporter brought up Lindsay Lohan not Joan. She responded and twisted a sad situation in to humour.
    People are jealous that someone of eighty years of age is as quick witted as her.


  11. Eric Li   April 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Lighten the F**k up. It’s funny. I don’t give a F**K about what people say. It’s funny. If you are sensitive, than you shouldn’t be listening to Joan. I hate how sensitive out world is. Just lighten the F**k up. We need freedom. Jokes need to be free.

  12. Marla S. Schaiken   April 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I love Joan she is amazing , funny , and very nice in person……she has the right to her own opinion just like everyone else in the world. I have known Joan since I was 8 years old…I met her in Atlantic City . I have seen may of her comedy acts and laugh at them all…If you people don’t like her act then don’t go see her perform or watch her shows on tv. She wont care…. she knows who her TRUE FANS are. I saw her a few years ago in Iowa , and yes I got backstage to chat with her which was great as always. If she thought there was anything I needed to know I would surely want her to tell me . JOAN I got your BACK!!!!…xxxooo


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