Joan Rivers passed away on Thursday at the age of 81. The comedian and “Fashion Police” star had been in critical condition since Aug. 28 after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord operation at a New York clinic. Melissa Rivers released a statement announcing the death of her mother, stating, “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Fans of the beloved (and controversial) comedian can remember her life and career through movies and standup. Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime all have Rivers documentaries, movies and standup comedy specials available for streaming:
Netflix currently has five Rivers movies available to watch instantly -- including the specials “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” and “Joan Rivers: Don’t Start with Me.” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” is from 2010 and is a documentary that followed “a year in the life of legendary comedian Joan Rivers while revisiting the dramatic highs and lows of her past.” The documentary features Melissa Rivers, along with Kathy Griffin, Larry A. Thompson and Don Rickles. “Joan Rivers: Don’t Start with Me” was a standup special released in 2012 and was filmed when the comedian was 78. The streaming service also has “Spaceballs” (1987), “Intern” (2000) and “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984).
Hulu Plus has “Joan Rivers: Don’t Start With Me” available for streaming as well. The site also features video clips of the comedian on NBC's “Today Show,” E!'s “Fashion Police” and more.
Amazon Prime subscribers can take advantage of the site by watching “That Show with Joan Rivers” Vol. 1 -3. “That Show” premiered in August 1968 and featured Rivers doing an opening monologue and chatting with celebrity guests, including Johnny Carson, Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Newman and Earl Wilson.
Don’t have a streaming subscription? You can watch the Comedy Central “Roast of Joan Rivers” below or click HERE for more videos.