Urban Myths: Joan Rivers And Barbra Streisand. Image shows from L to R: Barbra Streisand (Jessica Barden), Joan Rivers (Katherine Ryan). Copyright: Fulwell 73 Productions.

Urban Myths: Joan Rivers And Barbra Streisand

Sky Arts comedy about Joan Rivers & Barbra Streisand. 1 episode in 2020. Stars Katherine Ryan, Jessica Barden, Laurie Kynaston, Debbie Chazen and others.

Urban Myths: Joan Rivers And Barbra Streisand. Image shows from L to R: Barbra Streisand (Jessica Barden), Joan Rivers (Katherine Ryan). Copyright: Fulwell 73 Productions.

Urban Myths: Joan Rivers And Barbra Streisand

Comedy based on Joan Rivers's recollections of a play she starred in with Barbra Streisand

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2020
Channel
Sky Arts
Episodes
1
Starring
Katherine Ryan, Jessica Barden, Laurie Kynaston, Debbie Chazen, Ed Gaughan, Linal Haft and Joe Gallina
Writer
Sue Perkins
Director
Sue Perkins
Producers
Amber Howorth and Heather Greenwood

This episode is based on Joan Rivers's recollections of a play she starred in with Barbra Streisand. Streisand has remained tight-lipped about the whole experience.

A sixteen-year-old Barbra Streisand is in rehearsals for Driftwood, an off-Broadway play, when a woman, dressed head to toe in fur, bursts through the door. She's Joan Molinsky, although the world will soon come to know her as Joan Rivers.

Joan is failing as a club comic and wants to turn her hand to more serious artistic pursuits. Unfortunately, the only part available is 'Man in Black', which Joan blithely demands is gender-swapped to 'Woman in Black'. Joan hasn't bothered to read the play, and therefore doesn't realise that the 'Woman in Black' and Barbra's character, Lorna, have a love scene together.

Production Details

Part of

Urban Myths

Production company
Also known as
  • When Barbra Kissed Joan (Working title)

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 14th October 2020 on Sky Arts at 10pm
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 16th October 2020 at 12:00am