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Joan Rivers wants to know How'd You Get So Rich?

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 6th 2009 9:31AM
How'd You Get So Rich?TV Land has a little gem on their hands, methinks with How'd You Get So Rich? When I was younger, I used to get a kick out of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. When your mother comes in and asks you which utility you want the most this month, it's kind of nice to imagine what it would be like to live in such opulence.

Joan Rivers was on Late Night earlier this week, and she spoke of the idea behind the show. When traveling around the country, she'd see these mansions scattered around and wonder what the story is behind them. These aren't celebrities, after all. They're just ordinary people. So the title question came to mind.

What's great about the show is that it's presented in such an uplifting way. It's telling you that all things are possible. You too could have these amazing houses and cars. All it takes is hard work and dedication, and sometimes a great idea like tonight's founder of Billy Bob Teeth.

I'm glad that all of the stories host Joan Rivers spotlights on How'd You Get So Rich? are people who came from nothing to make their riches. It was ingenuity and perseverance that made them rich. It wouldn't be nearly as inspiring if the answer to the question was "My Daddy gave it to me."

At a half hour, it's just the right length to have fun with. Rivers spotlights several self-made millionaires each episode, keeping things moving along easily with her charm and humor. I've always liked Joan Rivers, and her natural wacky charm and humor work perfectly in these settings to put these people at ease. Especially, as it looks like occasionally she just accosts people on the street who look rich to get their story.

To enhance our viewing experience, and perhaps cater to the multimedia generation, the show includes little pop-up tidbits to enhance the story as we go along. Mostly it's price tags on all the crazy things they've bought with their wealth, but other times we get some details of their struggles as they went along.

And, perhaps most importantly, when we're looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars of shoes, we get notices that they do donate to charities and other worthy causes. It wouldn't do to have us thinking these people are keeping all that hard earned money to themselves.

The show airs Wednesday nights on TV Land at 10 PM. While it's only a six-episode commitment to start, I wouldn't mind seeing more. Maybe it they keep the show around long enough, Joan will show up at my house one day. Or yours.

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Cathy Hodges

I have alot of Inventions/Ideal's......If any of the Inventors out there would like to back me up/HEAR me OUT........I am A low income Family That would love to share my Invention/Ideal's that would make it in the business/Invention World. I just don't know how to go about it. Please don't be afraid/sceptical/or have any doubts with me......I can make you proud/RICH/and ALOT more money......If you can just hear me out and give me a chance to tell you whats in my brain. I always wanted to win the lottery....BUT something tells me thats not the only way to try to make it in life, Besides WORKING my TAIL -end OFF. I have watched Joan Rivers on ......How'd You Get So Rich?....And I have ALOT of confindence that someone out there will give me a chance to be listened to........So what do you SAY? Please E-Mail me A.S.A.P. Sincerely,
Momma Cat

September 03 2009 at 2:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the show is wonderful and gives hope to many who want to go from rags to riches, but I have one question.

Many of the guests on the show claim to have started as a homeless person living under a bridge, or coming to America with only $50 in their pocket. How did they get their idea invented without any up-front cash? I have many ideas that I feel could make me the next guest on the show, but I don't have thousands or even hundreds of dollars to start the patent process of my potential invention. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

August 29 2009 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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