Can we talk about wokeness?
If she were alive today, woke culture would make Joan Rivers “crazy,” her daughter Melissa says.
“If we would be looking at the news together, I know she would turn to me … and say, ‘Can you believe this s–t?’” Rivers, 54, host of the podcast “Group Text,” told The Post.
“We’ve become absolutely ridiculous as a society,” she said. “If everybody took all this collective angst and energy and put it towards a good cause, it would make such a huge difference.”
The late comic was woke in her own right —making sure her family was inclusive when it came to the holidays.
“We celebrate everything. Obviously, my family is Jewish, but we really celebrated the idea of the holidays,” said Melissa, whose book “Lies My Mother Told Me,” was released in April. “And it started at Thanksgiving about family and friends and rolled all the way through to New Year’s.”
The Upper East Side native, who moved to Los Angeles at 3 with her mom and dad, producer Edgar Rosenberg, said she took over holiday hosting duties after her mother died in 2014.
At the famous Thanksgiving festivities at her penthouse at 1 East 62nd Street, Joan welcomed as many as 30 guests.
“All the way through the length of her apartment from the foyer halfway to the living room,” Melissa said, describing the table. “She had this thing … there was never a kids’ table and an adult table.”
Melissa made sure the Tiffany china set her mother used for the occasion got passed down to the important people in her life.
“I divided it up between a couple of her very close friends as well as my cousins and my cousins’ children,” she said. “I really wanted people who our holiday traditions meant so much to, to be able to continue with a piece of it.”
Family and friends — not food — were the focus.
“Because no one in our family could cook,” Melissa explained, laughing. “We don’t have any special food … the special foods were whatever the caterer left.”
The pair relished mother-daughter meals around the city in places like Serendipity 3, Amaranth on the Upper East Side block where Joan lived, Nello on Madison Avenue and Fred’s at Barneys.
Quality time with her mom also included their joint coverage of the Oscars’ red carpet, which Melissa called, “the world’s best cocktail party.”
One memorable mishap still stands out.
“There was the year that my mother said, ‘F–k’ in the first two minutes of the show,” she recalled. “I’m like, ‘Oh God and we’re live!’”
Moments like those prepared her for the “interviews that go sideways” on “Group Text,” where she’s 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 putting in a request for the A-Listers.
“That would be a waste of my booker’s time sending an email,” she said. “Yeah, they’re gonna come on my podcast, uh huh.”
She is currently penning her next book, a guide to empty nesting with a humorous twist. Her son, Edgar Cooper Endicott, 22, is a senior in college aspiring to work in the new media landscape.
Although he comes from a line of entertainers, Edgar says he doesn’t want to go into the family business.
“He says ‘no,’ but he doesn’t realize that what he’s doing is entertainment,” she said. “I have a terrible, terrible shock for him, that’s pretty much the new wave of entertainment.”
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