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Celebrating Joan: A Tribute to Joan Rivers

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:30 PM

District of Comedy Festival

The opening night of the Kennedy Center's District of Comedy Festival features a celebration of the entertainment icon and trailblazer hosted by her daughter--TV host, producer, and New York Times best-selling author Melissa Rivers.

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Celebrating Joan: A Tribute to Joan Rivers
Hosted by Melissa Rivers
Part of the Kennedy Center's
District of Comedy Festival

"People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made."--Joan Rivers

No one made audiences happier over the last 50 years than trailblazing comedian Joan Rivers. The opening night of the Kennedy Center's District of Comedy Festival features a celebration of the late entertainment icon hosted by her daughter--TV host, producer, and New York Times best-selling author Melissa Rivers. The Emmy and Grammy Award–winning Joan Rivers changed the way America thinks about women in comedy and paved the way for an entire generation of stand-up comedians. Featured presenters and performers will include Louie Anderson, Rachel Bloom, Dick Cavett, Gilbert Gottfried, Meghan McCain, Kelly Osbourne, Aubrey Plaza, Bob Saget, and Jordin Sparks, with special video tributes by Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Lily Tomlin, and John Waters, and more to be announced. The Kennedy Center looks forward to saluting Joan with a star-studded tribute.

Note: Artists subject to change without notice.

Recommended for mature audiences.