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Kathryn Hahn Will Play Comedy Icon Joan Rivers in Upcoming Showtime Series 'The Comeback Girl'

Siba Mosana
Sep 23, 2021
05:30 A.M.
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Showtime has a limited series about Joan Rivers in development, and Variety has revealed some exciting casting news related to it. Emmy nominated actress Kathryn Hahn has been named as the lead.


Although Joan Rivers passed away seven years ago, the legendary comedian still has a place in her fans' hearts. The comedy icon lived a colorful life that no one could forget, and no other person would have been able to survive.

Rivers saw more ups and downs than most people are handed in one lifetime during her reign on Earth. Thankfully, an upcoming Showtime limited series called “The Comeback Girl” will capture some of it.

Rivers is the original comeback girl of the entertainment industry. The comedy icon saw her career at its peak when she became the first woman to host a late-night talk show but quickly saw its pit when she was fired.

Kathryn Hahn arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards in September 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Kathryn Hahn arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards in September 2021 | Source: Getty Images

When Rivers’ “Late Night With Joan Rivers” was canceled, the comedian’s life turned upside down. The show’s demise saw her lose her career and pride and her husband to death by suicide.


Understandably, the ordeal sent Rivers into a deep depression that even led her to contemplate suicide. However, Rivers picked herself back up and bolstered herself into becoming the global icon she is today.

Joan Rivers onstage during Comedy Central's "Roast of Joan Rivers," July 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Joan Rivers onstage during Comedy Central's "Roast of Joan Rivers," July 2009 | Source: Getty Images


Although many may be partially familiar with this part of Rivers’ story, it is yet to be fully portrayed for on-screen consumption. Fortunately, Showtime is in the process of making this production a reality soon.

The network gave Variety exclusive details about “The Comeback Girl,” which is currently in development. Among the information presented about the project, the publication shared the limited series’ logline, which in part reads:

“...the awe-inspiring untold story of how Joan Rivers persevered through near suicide and professional abyss to rebuild herself and her career.”


The logline is exciting because it reveals that the series will focus on the aftermath of Rivers’ show cancelation. This means fans will gain insight into some of the legend’s most pivotal life events.

An even more exciting revelation about the upcoming limited series is the leading lady choice. Variety reveals “Wandavision’s” Kathryn Hahn has been cast to portray the comedy legend in the series.


Hahn is currently having a great run in her career as she will soon appear in Apple TV’s “The Shrink Next Door,” and she just wrapped filming for “Knives Out 2.” Her recent Emmy nomination also makes her fully equipped for the role.

The “Wandavision” actress had her fair share of playing a powerful woman while embodying the role of Agatha. She even opened up about portraying a character of her magnitude in a recent pre-Emmy interview:

“There is something about this character, about the size that she is allowed to be, and the scale that she just has to be, where performance-wise,"

Hahn is the best pick to portray Rivers since she’s revealed she has fun portraying larger-than-life characters. The “Bad Moms” actress will also serve as a producer for the upcoming show, making her even more invested in the role.

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