Media World: Joan Rivers, capitalist comic, 'tawks' with DailyFinance


There are two types of people in the world: those who love Joan Rivers, the brash, raspy comedienne, and those who can't stand her. Offstage, though, the legendary performer is easy to like. Rivers is no diva: she's been known to tote her own luggage at the airport, and she checks into hotels under her own name. Her grandson, she says, calls her Nana New Face: a nickname celebrating her many plastic surgeries.

Rivers, 76, a one-time talk-show host, has reinvented her career several times. These days, she is an onstage star of the Venetian in Las Vegas, and the winner of last season's The Apprentice. And Rivers (née Molinsky) hosts the Viacom reality show How'd You Get So Rich? on TV Land, on which Rivers asks millionaires and billionaires, with the subtlety of a bull in a china shop, how they became wealthy. (The difference between her program and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous is that the subjects are in on the joke.) Here, Rivers "tawks" with DailyFinance.