Sadly Joan Rivers is gone, but the comedian’s legacy lives on. Not only in the hearts and minds of her family, friends, and fans, but also in a library card catalog housed in her luxurious New York City home.
In this massive cabinet, Joan Rivers meticulously filed every bold and irreverent joke she had ever written. The million+ jokes are mostly typewritten on 3 x 5 index cards and each card has a note of when the joke was delivered so that her act would always appear fresh.
Over 30 years of jokes are alphabetically organized in categories that include “plastic surgery,” “cooking,” “Melissa’s dates,” “ugly,” and many celebrity names.
In 2013, Joan admitted to the Boston Globe her refusal to ditch the outdated system for more modern technology.
“I don’t want to hear about putting it on a computer, because if a computer breaks down, you’re screwed. I cannot read [digitally]. I think I was the third person in the world to get a Kindle, and I hated it from the minute I got it.”
Here’s a video clip of Rivers talking about her joke storage in the 2010 documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.