Melissa Rivers offers Joan Rivers’ opinion on waking culture

Can we talk about awakening?

If she were alive today, waking culture would drive Joan Rivers “crazy,” says her daughter Melissa.

“If we were to watch the news together, she would turn to me … and be like, ‘Can you believe that?'” Rivers, 54, host of the Group Text podcast, told The Post.

“We’ve become absolutely ridiculous as a society,” she said. “If everyone took all of that collective fear and energy and put it to good use, it would make such a big difference.”

The late comedian woke up herself – making sure her family was inclusive over the holidays.

“We celebrate everything. Obviously my family is Jewish, but we really celebrated the idea of ​​the holiday,” said Melissa, whose book Lies My Mother Told Me was released in April. “And it started on Thanksgiving with family and friends and continued through the New Year.”

The Upper East Side native, who moved to Los Angeles when she was three with her mother and father, producer Edgar Rosenberg, said she took on vacation care responsibilities after her mother’s death in 2014.

Joan welcomed up to 30 guests to the famous Thanksgiving celebration at her penthouse at 1 East 62nd Street.

“The entire length of her apartment from the foyer to the living room,” Melissa said, describing the table. “She had this thing … there was never a kid’s table and an adult’s table.”

Thanksgiving table by Joan Rivers
Melissa Rivers has fond memories of her mother’s Thanksgiving celebrations.
Melissa Rivers

Melissa made sure the Tiffany china set her mother used for the occasion was passed on to the important people in her life.

“I split it between a couple of her very close friends as well as my cousins ​​and my cousins’ kids,” she said. “I really wanted people who cared so much about our holiday traditions to be able to carry on a piece of it.”

Melissa Rivers Thanksgiving table
After Joan died in 2014, Melissa took over hosting duties and this year took to Instagram to show off her Thanksgiving table.
Melissa Rivers

Family and friends – not food – were the focus.

“Because nobody in our family could cook,” Melissa explained, laughing. “We don’t have a specialty meal…the specialty meal was what the caterer left.”

The couple enjoyed mother-daughter meals across the city at places like Serendipity 3, Amaranth on the Upper East Side block where Joan lived, Nello on Madison Avenue, and Fred’s in Barneys.

Quality time with her mom also included their coverage of the Oscars red carpet together, which Melissa described as “the best cocktail party in the world.”

One memorable mishap still stands out.

“There was the year my mom said ‘Fk’ in the first two minutes of the show,” she recalled. “I’m like, ‘Oh God, and we’re live!'”

Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers
The mother-daughter duo shone on the Oscars red carpet.
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Moments like this prepared her for the “interviews that go sideways” at Group Text, where she sat down with notable names like Jesse Palmer, Chelsea Handler, Jason Ritter and Drea de Matteo.

Her dream guests are George Clooney and Brad Pitt – but she’s refrained from making a request for the A-listers.

“It would be a waste of time for my booker to email,” she said. “Yeah, they come on my podcast, uh huh.”

She is currently writing her next book, a guide to empty nesting with a humorous twist. Their son, Edgar Cooper Endicott, 22, is a college graduate and aspires to work in the new media landscape.

Melissa Rivers, Edgar Cooper Endicott, and Joan Rivers
Joan, Melissa and Edgar celebrate New Year’s Eve together.
Melissa Rivers

Despite coming from a line of entertainers, Edgar doesn’t want to get into the family business.

“He says ‘no,’ but he doesn’t realize he’s entertaining,” she said. “I’ve got a terrible, terrible shock for him, this is pretty much the new wave of entertainment.” Melissa Rivers offers Joan Rivers’ opinion on waking culture

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