It hasn’t been a good month for people who have appeared as guest stars on Louie. First Robin Williams, now Joan Rivers…
Joan Rivers appeared in the popular sitcom’s second season, on an episode titled Joan, where Louis performs at a casino owned by Donald Trump in front of an apathetic audience comprised of gamblers who don’t care about comedy and completely ignore Louis’ act. In the same venue, Joan is there to perform as well, to a much better reception than his and after the show, the two of them get together in her suite to have a very deep and profound converstation about the art of being a comedian and life in general.
"You do it because we love it more than anything else. That’s why you’re doing it. If you want a real job there are a million things you can do. What we do is not a job. It sounds so stupid. What we do is a calling, my dear. We make people happy. It’s a calling," is Joan’s moving message to Louis, some words of wisdom coming from an older generation and many years of experience to bring him to his senses.
In a comedic twist at the end of their philosophical conversation they both agree to move to another room to have sex and release the tension, but in the words of Rivers herself, they shouldn’t tell anyone, because “nobody likes necrophiliacs.”
Joan Rivers died on September 4th 2014 at age 81. Throughout her career she had been heavily criticised about her harsh jokes but never apologized for any of them. She appeared in numerous films and countless TV shows, including many appearances at The Tonight Show with her mentor, Johnny Carson that led her to her own talk shows, with most prominent The Joan Rivers Show that run from 1989 to 1993 and won her a Daytime Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Talk Show Host.