Celebrating Joan Rivers' Fearless Comedy

Chris Connelly looks back at the hilarious moments that inspired so many female comedians.
2:41 | 09/05/14

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Joan rivers was a trail blazer for so many women in comedy. We've been seeing the tributes roll in and joy Behar here to contribute after Chris Connelly takes a look at this part of her legacy. You have not. Because I have doorbells. I am so -- Reporter: Born Joan molinsky, phi beta kappa at Barnard, one of just a few sole LE female comics ever on "The ed Sullivan show". You're 30, you're an old maid, not married. A man, '90er Y years old not married. He's a catch. Reporter: Later her signature phrase -- Can we talk. Reporter: Opening up the comic-con fegsal. How many kids? Six. Six! Oh, god. One by one or a litter? Here's Joan -- Reporter: But the 19 0s as Johnny Carson's designated host for "The tonight show" that pushed the edge of a precable universe. And I walked -- really pregnant and on my chart under condition she wrote ugly. Reporter: In 1986 she signed to become the first female late night talk show host. Carson was said to be furious. I called Johnny and said, I've got -- he hung up on me. Never, never spoke to me again. Reporter: Maybe she preferred not to be viewed as anyone's groundbreaker but spotting the influence of Joe pa and her persona had on multiple generations of women in comedy isn't hard to do. I bought the book "The joy of sex," okay, I got -- did you read that chapter 11. You wrap yourself up in Saran wrap. I laid down on the dining room table. He said, leftovers again. Reporter: That same kind of attitude would power the feistiness of rosieann. I hate that word housewife. I refer to be called domestic goddess. Reporter: Beyond the fly, what will she say next irreverence for Kathy griffin. I love anybody who just how shall I say appears to be cuckoo. You look at this outfit. You know why children are afraid of clowns. Reporter: And invigorating fearlessness of Amy Poehler. Only at the golden globes do the beautiful people rub shoulders with the rat face people of television. Reporter: All have anti-seed depths in the cab driver style that Joan rivers reveled in. This is called the push-up shove over bra. Look, it pushes from here everything -- push, push, all the skin has been moved up. My belly button is right here. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Chris Connelly, ABC news, Los Angeles.

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