Columbia College Chicago Hosts Joan Rivers for February 25 Conversation in the Arts Presentation

Reservations open January 31 for last event of 2013-14 series on comedy and improv


MEDIA ALERT: Joan Rivers’ contract does not allow for personal media interviews; however, reporters are invited to attend and cover the 6 p.m. event.

CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2014)—Columbia College Chicago’s comedy-focused Conversations in the Arts series ends its 2013-14 session with iconic comedian, CEO, talk-show host, actress, author and Second City alumna Joan Rivers on Feb. 25. On-line reservations open Jan. 31 at

Aside from winning NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice in 2009, Rivers is most widely known for her red carpet awards show commentary and interviews. She currently hosts E! News Channel’s  Fashion Police, a critical look at the week’s celebrity fashion hits and misses. Additionally, Rivers is CEO of Joan Rivers Worldwide, which produces some of home shopping giant QVC’s most successful fashion, jewelry, apparel and accessories brands.

Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinksy in Brooklyn, N.Y., and later took on the stage name of Joan Rivers as she started her stand-up career. Before she became an entertainment legend, she trained at Chicago’s Second City. She has gone on to become an Emmy Award-winning television talk-show host, a Tony Award-nominated actress and bestselling author of The Life and Hard Times of Heidi Abramowitz and I Hate Everyone… Starting with Me.

Rivers made television history in 1986 when she became the first woman to host her own late night talk show, The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, on the FOX Network after being the only permanent guest host on NBC’s The Tonight Show from1983-86.

This is the 10th year of the Conversations in the Arts series at Columbia College. Free and open to the public, the series offers in-depth dialogue with some of the world’s most notable cultural figures in an intimate setting.

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

Film Row Cinema
Columbia College Chicago
1104 S. Wabash Ave., Eighth Floor

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. Theater seating is limited.

INFO: For questions or additional information, write to

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts for more than 10,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit


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