Joan Rivers to dish on Oscars and more

Joan Rivers, the reality TV-star, grande dame of American comedy, queen of plastic surgery and connoisseur extraordinaire of Oscar’s red carpet, sweeps into Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on Wednesday for an evening to dish with audiences.

The woman who trademarked the phrase, “Can we talk?,” now 78, still is on the move, performing, touting her products and telling jokes.

“It’s busy, busy, busy. I love busy, busy, busy,” she said during an interview from her New York apartment.

She’s not sure what she plans to say during her Pacific Northwest appearance.

“I have no idea what I’ll be talking about,” Rivers said, her trademark laugh accenting every phrase.

Some topics are guaranteed:

Oscars: check.

“Joan &Melissa,” the reality show she co-stars in with her daughter: check.

Whitney Houston: check.

Politics: check.

Getting older: check.

“I’m just screaming out about life,” Rivers said. “I just talk about everything, and it constantly changes.”

This year Rivers and her daughter will not be outside the Kodak Theater for the Academy Awards, which take place Feb. 26, but they will analyze — in detail — the celebrity procession on television. They may try to crash an after-party or two.

“The parties sound a lot more glamorous,” she said.

In reality, partygoers are frisked and catch only a glimpse of the nominees and winners, she said.

“It’s a big mess,” she said. “It’s just huge.”

Rivers predicts “The Help” will win Best Picture. Meryl Streep deserves to win best actress for her performance in “The Iron Lady,” and George Clooney should take the best actor award for “The Descendents,” Rivers said.

Clooney, with his “looks and talent and sophistication” is the closest thing today’s generation has to Cary Grant, she said.

“They should have a hall of fame for stars,” Rivers said.

Does she still enjoy her full schedule, her public life and her frequent appointments with the plastic surgeon?

“Oh, God, yes. Are you kidding?” Rivers laughs. “It’s all great.”

Joan Rivers is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 29 at Benaroya Hall, 200 University Ave., Seattle.

Tickets are $29 to $55, at or 866.833.4747.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447;

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