Look, we love Joan Rivers around these parts. She’s a national treasure, and she’s an old pro when it comes to crossing the line. In fact, she’s one of the best at making distasteful jokes. So when she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night (February 26), in her post-Oscars celebrity-skewering wheelhouse, we knew things might get ugly. But, like, in a good way. Alas, Joanie decided to roll off a string of fat jokes about Adele. Didn’t she learn from the Melissa McCarthy “hippo” debacle?
All comedians know, if you’re gonna do the fat joke in this day and age, you better do it in a novel way. Joan Rivers did not do it in a novel way last night: ”What is her song? ‘Rolling in the Deep’? She should add fried chicken.” You can just picture the drummer awaiting his cue for the rimshot. That was followed by, “She said, ’My throat, my throat, I don’t know if I can swallow.’ And I said, ‘Oh, you can swallow.’” Comedy? Watch it below.
To be fair, Rivers makes fun of her own physical attributes later in the interview, so she’s equal opportunity with this stuff (as anyone familiar with her material knows). But, yeesh. If it’s go big or go home, she should’ve left those punchlines at home.