Joan Rivers stopped by to promote her appearance on tonight's "Celebrity Family Feud," where she'll face off against Ice-T and his relatives. Joan didn't come to the Stern Show alone, though - she was also being followed by cameras for a documentary. Howard wondered if the documentary's yearlong, 24-7 shooting schedule was expensive, so the documentarian, Ricki Stern (no known relation) came in to explain that she had adequate funding after being "shortlisted" for an Academy Award.
Joan's Top 5 Comedians
Howard asked Joan to name her top 5 comedians, and Joan quickly fired off who's on her list. "Number one: Lenny Bruce. No question," Joan said. "Second, in my head: Richard Pryor. Then would come ... Dame Edna. On the same line would go [George] Carlin and then Robin Williams," although she admitted Robin and her had some issues in the past. Howard wondered if Joan had ever slept with Lenny Bruce, so Joan lamented that he'd made a pass at her, but she was too stupid to take him up on it. On their lone date, Lenny fell asleep in his drink.
Joan told the crew that she still couldn't figure out why she was kicked off the "Loose Women" chat show in England, explaining that she'd even warned them about the language she was about to use. "On radio, they have seven seconds of delay," Joan told Howard. "I said, 'Prepare to bleep.'"
Howard then asked about Joan's late dog and Joan told the crew that she was so desperate to save the ailing pup, she tried to "lay her hands" on it like a faith healer. The subject was obviously sensitive, as Joan began crying.
Joan's Beds Are Rocking
Joan then took some ribbing after she admitting that she'd attempted to contact her dog – and ex-boyfriends – through a "medium." Despite the crew's doubts, Joan maintained that her late boyfriend Oren had visited her several times: "The bed shook in Los Angeles right after he died. The bed shook again in London. Very hard. And I was in New York and the bed shook again." Howard wondered why Oren would come back just to shake her bed, and Joan confessed that he probably knew it'd been years since her bed had shaken at all.