Joan Rivers

Just three days after terrorizing the A-listers walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday, the woman who invented the phrase “What are you wearing?” makes her Benaroya debut. Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Joan Rivers, whose comedy career spans over 40 (!) years, is a legend in show business. If you giggled rather than gasped when she described Nicole Richie (in a metallic silver dress) as “a former drug addict who dresses like a needle” at the Globes last month, then her stand-up routine is bound to amuse. And she’s taken to Twitter! Granted, most of her tweets are promotional (supporting her mother-daughter reality TV show Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on WEtv and Fashion Police on E!), but it shows how the 78-year-old refuses to slow down. And here’s our favorite bit of recent Rivers trivia: Asked who her best lay was, she cheerfully confessed to a one-night stand with Robert Mitchum. That is a life well-lived. ERIKA HOBART

Wed., Feb. 29, 8 p.m., 2012