“If you sign up for a roast, you’re going to be roasted,” she notes. “You’d be an idiot to think that they’re not going to go for the jugular. Can you imagine someone going up there and saying, ‘You shouldn’t say that!'” While Rivers admits she wasn’t thrilled with the idea at first, the list of presenters helped change her mind. “I thought, ‘If we get a good panel together then it could be a lot of fun.’ We’ll have Suzanne Somers, I think we’re getting Liza, we have Brad Garrett, we may have Jon Lovitz, and Kathy Griffin is the toastmistress,” she says of her good pal Griffin, who is often compared to her.
“We both talk about people so I guess that could be the comparison. She tells stories, and I really rant and rave much more, but I don’t watch her act at all anymore because I don’t want to have anything spill over, if that makes any sense. I never look at what anybody else is doing. I’m so busy doing what I’m doing.”
Rivers certainly doesn’t expect anyone to hold back in this show or any other one for that matter. “Comedy is very rough now. Life is very rough. When the whole nation goes into mourning when a pedophile dies, you’re in a very strong time,” she says. “Look at what our society is doing. This is insane. When people are stealing 62 billion dollars. I think society is so out of control and the comedy just brings it to a place where at least it’s funny.”
Next up for Rivers is the Aug. 5 premiere of her TV Land show “How’d You Get So Rich?” The Mark Burnett-produced show follows Rivers as she explores the lifestyles of the rich and lucky. “The millionaires were very nervous in the beginning because it was me. After five minutes they realized I’m not going to make asses of them. The show is funny but it’s not funny at their expense.”