Home Celebrity Watch Joan Rivers’ First Appearance on the “Tonight Show” Since 1986

Joan Rivers last appeared on the Tonight show with Johnny Carson in 1986. That was 28 years ago. Last night she returned. The jokes were about the Holocaust and vaginas. It was just like the old days. Watch Jimmy Fallon do a very subtle Carson imitation. Lovely. Joan was played on by a tape of the old Tonight show theme as played by Doc Severinsen and written by Paul Anka. That was a really classy touch. Welcome back Joan!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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