Can We Talk? Joan Rivers' 10 Best Jokes
Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait in 1988 in Los Angeles, California. Harry Langdon/Getty

The Brooklyn-born Joan Alexandra Molinsky may have dreamed of performing in the great plays on Broadway, but her alter ego Joan Rivers was built for comedy. Bold, brash, opinionated and at times as confessional as her hero Lenny Bruce, Rivers, who died on September 4th at 81, led the way for an entire generation of female stand-up comedians. To celebrate her influence, here are a handful of her best bits, ranging from most emblematic to most influential.