Joy Behar, currently a co-host of ABC's The View, is among today's leading comic talents. Whether performing standup comedy or interviewing politicians and artists, she is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. The View, recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Talk Show," is the original forum where real women discuss relevant, everyday issues and share their daily, no-holds-barred opinions and lively, colorful conversations. The program premiered in August, 1997, and is broadcast live from New York City. In addition The View has received 18 Daytime Emmy Awards and has been nominated each year for Ouststanding Talk Show and for Ms. Behar and her co-hosts as Outstanding Talk Show Host. Armed with an M.A. in English education from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, Ms. Behar originally began a career in teaching. She then set out to pursue comedy professionally and immediately received bookings from such famous New York clubs as Caroline's and Catch a Rising Star. Ms. Behar went on to win three MAC awards and a CableACE Award. On television she starred in her own HBO special and was a regular on the series Baby Boom. Other appearances include the voice of a hilariously neurotic patient on Dr. Katz, which won the CableACE Award, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The Late Show With David Letterman.
For three years Ms. Behar hosted a popular call-in radio show on WABC, where she discussed politics with a deadly humorous bent. Her film appearances include Cookie, with Peter Falk, This Is My Life, directed by Nora Ephron, and Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery. In theater she had a successful run in the off-Broadway hit The Food Chain, where she earned rave reviews in the starring role, and also in the critically-acclaimed play The Vagina Monologues.
Ms. Behar, a frequent comedy headliner, was chosen by TV Guide as a Personality of the Year nominee for the 3rd annual TV Guide Awards in January of 1991.
Ms. Behar is the recipient of the Safe Horizon Champion Award (2001), the Gracie Allen Tribute Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television (2000), and the New York City Public Advocate's Special Advocate Award for her outstanding friendship to the Gay community (2000).
In October, 2001, Ms. Behar launched her monthly column Getting Personal in Good Houskeeping, where she dispenses advice with her usual mix of common sense and humor.
In August, 2002, Ms. Behar hosted Love, Hate & Joy for ABC Family. Taped in front of a live studio audience, the five-night half-hour strip took an unprecedented comedic look at the many facets of love, from dating to divorce.
Ms. Behar's first book, Joy Shtick: or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?, was published by Hyperion.
Ms. Behar is heavily involved with numerous philanthropic organizations and is a frequent contributor to several charitable foundations.
ABC's 'The View' gets 'Desperate'
The ladies at "The View" are getting pretty desperate. During the week of Feb. 7, the five stars of "Desperate Housewives" will co-host ABC's "The View" while the show broadcasts from Los Angeles. Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross will each join the daytime talk show for a day.
The Wisteria Lane residents will be filling in for "The View" moderator Meredith Vieira, who will not be making the trip from New York to Los Angeles due to family obligations.
Broadcasting live from Disney's El Capitan Theater, the week is a themed series called "The View Celebrates Los Angeles."
On Sunday, Hatcher won a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy or musical. The ABC show also won for best comedy or musical TV series.
The other hosts of "The View" are Barbara Walters, Star Jones Reynolds, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The show airs weekdays on ABC.
Joy Behar's Genealogy Tree
Joy did most of her own family research and here's some other information about her family:
My father was in the Navy, and was stationed in Italy, and eventually worked at Coca-Cola for many years.
My real name is Josephine, after my grandmother on my father's side. When I was a baby, they called me Joy because Josephine is too much of an old lady's name.
I always talk about my Aunt Rose. She was very beautiful, very stylish. She had a very interesting personality. She acted like she went to medical school, even though she didn't. She once told me that varicose veins were hemorrhoids that dropped to your legs.
Joy's look back into her past produced the following results:
My family comes from Calabria, Italy, which is a beautiful seaside town.
My grandfather on my father's side was Philip Occhiuto, which means "Closed Eyes." Philip "Closed Eyes." From Calabria, he traveled north to Turin, which is an industrial town. Think Pittsburgh with better ravioli.
My grandfather was a tool and dye maker. Because his brother was in Brooklyn, he eventually moved there in 1911. He was married to my grandmother Josephine, but came by himself. Here's the story: He went to Brooklyn, and he loved it there. He didn't go back to Turin, where his wife and two sons (my father and my uncle) were waiting. He was taking his time and dragging his feet. My grandmother wrote to him and said, "Listen, if you don't come and get us, I'm going to kill myself and the children." Very big drama queen, I have a feeling.
My mother Rose was born in Pennsylvania, but she had a tragic beginning. Her mother died during childbirth, and then her father moved back to Calabria and married Antonia, my step-grandmother. I grew up with Antonia. She was a divine lady. We spent a lot of time in the cemetery. They used to take me on vacation there.
My mother's father was Vincent Carbone. He was a respected man. I understand there were overtures for him to be a little bit on the sleazy side, but he wouldn't have anything to do with it. He was like a Don Corleone-type without the crime.
My mother was supposed to marry my Uncle Saverio, who was an artist and worked at the Metropolitan museum. He died at 26 from spinal meningitis. My father Louis stepped in, and they did eventually get married, but my mother wasn't that interested in him at first. Here's what my father would do: My mother would go out on dates, and he would wait and be there at the end of the date. And she'd say "Oh hello," and the next time, he'd be there. He eventually wore her down!
The one thing I learned that I want to impart on my daughter Eve is that she is half-Jewish and half-Italian. I have a lovely family. There was no abuse, and there was nothing crazy. OK, there was a little crazy, but that's me.
Joy Behar and Star Jones' wedding
SOMEONE has to stop Bridezilla Jones be fore she wrecks "The View" so badly that the Red Cross will have to step in.
I'm talking about Star Jones, or based on her recent behavior, Schnorer Jones - the first celebrity (that we know of anyway) to have official sponsors of her wedding. The truth is that Jones has become so incredibly annoying and overbearing with her endless wedding whine that she's making "The View" harder to sit through a Mandy Patinkin tribute to Josh Groban.
Even Catherine Zeta-Jones showed more restraint, if not less greed, when she married Michael Douglas. What is it with women named "Jones" and weddings? Take yesterday's show. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to "The View" (after all it was three days! - three days! - since the wedding-that-won't- stop was supposed to stop), Jones went semi-ballistic, calling her co-hosts liars and berating them for not adhering to wedding conduct code she'd set down.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck looked ready to cry when Jones started carrying on that her young co-host had had the nerve to change her seat during the reception, thus breaking "the rules." Yes, Jones actually referred to conduct at her wedding as "rules," giving new meaning to the term, "rules of engagement." What was this, a wedding or a night in Fallujah?
Then the controlled rage moved onto Meredeth Viera, who apparently had also committed the sin of moving her seat to sit next to Elizabeth, since both had come unescorted. It's not that they moved to another table, mind you, they just moved their seats around at their assigned table, which was enough to cause the on-air meltdown.
Perhaps to get the heat off of her, Viera ratted out Joy Behar because Behar had brought a camera, and cameras were banned. Jones you see, had sold the rights to "In Style." What? No sponsorship patches all over the dress like the Nascar drivers? Bridezilla then turned on Behar and had the audacity to use that word - "audacity" - against Behar, one of the brightest, smartest and funniest women on television. Jones' exact quote? "Not only did she [Behar] bring a camera - she had the audacity to pull it out and take my picture!"
Excuse me? Can we get a reality check here? All that weight Jones lost must have gone straight to her ego. Behar, defending herself and trying to defuse the situation, said, "She wrestled me - it was great - tried to take the camera away from me, but she couldn't get it from me because I lift weights."
Jones, clearly not seeing the humor in it, sneered back, "You're lying! I actually had it and I gave it back to you because I was going to take blood out of your veins!" Nice. And she was concerned about other people's behavior at her wedding? Things got so heated on the set that it sounded like "The McLaughlin Group," with everyone yelling at once.
The whole endless, and I do mean endless, Jones' wedding frenzy has become more of a boring ordeal than the Liza Minelli/David Gest wedding which incidentally, lasted longer than the marriage. Jones and her husband are scheduled to go on their honeymoon today, so we might be blessedly freed from wedding talk on "The View" until she returns. I don't know who the official sponsor of her honeymoon is, but with any luck, there won't be any pictures. And I mean that sincerely.