12 Classic Joan Rivers TV Appearances

From 'The Ed Sullivan Show' to 'The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,' here are a dozen unforgettable small-screen Joan moments

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'The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson' (1982)

By the early 1980s, Rivers was a regular guest host of The Tonight Show, which was officially helmed by Carson from 1962 to 1992. During this time, she took her biting wit to new and controversial heights, becoming an increasingly polarizing figure and cementing her "Can we talk?" catchphrase. She brought a very different vibe than Carson, by talking about her friend Heidi Abromowitz – a "tramp" who was the "poster girl for herpes" – and her post-menopausal sex life: "I have no bazooms. You know what it's like to stand in front of your husband naked and say, 'What does this remind you of?' And he says, 'Pancakes for breakfast.'"

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