Joan Rivers interviewed from a Port-A-Potty. Plus: Lovevolution offers an education
SUPER EGO How could anyone say no to Joan Rivers? The turbulent past, the red-carpet gushes, the petrified visage? Sure, we could blame her for Kathy Griffin and the rise of celebrity culture, but she also created the one true tagline of our time in a Geico commercial that defined a generation: "I can't feel my face!" Recently roasted, the hysterically hysterical comedian is gracing us with her presence in early October, and the only time she could talk to me was smack dab in the middle of Folsom Street Fair. So I unhooked myself and ducked in to a Porta-Potty to call her in New York.
SFBG Hi Joan, please forgive any background noise. I'm calling you from our giant leather fetish festival, the Folsom Street Fair.
Joan Rivers Fantastic! I'm there with you in my heart.
SFBG I remember you were here in San Francisco this time last year. The gay press published the screaming headline, "Leather Fair a huge success!" with a big picture of your face underneath it.
JR I really couldn't ask for much more.
SFBG This year's fair falls on Yom Kippur, so you get the beatings and the atonement all in one. Do you observe Yom Kippur?
JR I do observe it. I'm the matron of my family, so I have a huge dinner to prepare!
SFBG I'll keep it short and sweet, then. I adore your signature line of jewelry that you sell on QVC. Lately, I've seen many up-and-coming drag queens wearing your items.
JR It's such an absolutely gorgeous collection, and I'm not just saying that because it's mine. It's truly exquisite, and I'm sure it looks lovely on the girls.
SFBG It really does. And congratulations on your hard-fought win on this year's Celebrity Apprentice. You went tooth and nail!
JR The best part was donating my winnings to [meal-delivery service to AIDS patients] God's Love We Deliver, a charity I've been supporting for years. Let me tell you, Marke, it was such a thrilling experience. Would I do it all again? No.
SFBG At 76, you're still doing standup. You're doing four shows in two nights at Cobb's. Good lord! What are the crowds like here?
JR I love San Francisco. I once lived there for a month when I was in residence at the Magic Theater and it was a beautiful time. San Francisco is smart and it's gay. What more do you need as a performer?
JOAN RIVERS Fri/2 and Sat/3, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $53.50–$55. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus, SF. www.cobbscomedy.com ----------
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