Joy Behar, born October 7, 1942, began her career in show business as a receptionist on A.B.C.’s “Good Morning America” and then as a producer. Her remarkable performances in prestigious comedy clubs like Carolines and Catch a Rising Star earned positive feedback. Her popularity prompted her to launch her own talk show on Lifetime Television, “Way Off Broadway.” Her talent was not limited to doing talk shows; she also demonstrated her acting abilities in T.V. shows and films. When she began co-hosting “The View,” a position she still holds today, Behar became a cultural icon. Behar has received three MAC awards, a CableACE award, and a 2000 GLAAD award for her longstanding connection with the L.G.B.T. community, in addition to receiving the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. She is worthy of a grand birthday wish!
Josephine Victoria Behar
October 7, 1942
Joy Behar, or Josephine Victoria Behar, is one of the most popular comics of today. She is a distinguished voice on stage and in film while performing stand-up, and interviewing politicians and artists. She was born on October 7, 1942, into an Italian-American family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Gino Occhiuto, was a Coca-Cola Company truck driver, while her mother, Rose Occhiuto née Carbone, worked as a seamstress. Behar is the only child of her parents. Her zodiac sign is Libra. She had a joyful childhood and showed a flair for comedy when she was only two years old. Behar graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in sociology and from Stony Brook University with an M.A. in English education in 1966. She was an English teacher from the late 1960s to the early 1970s and went to the H.B. Studio to study acting.
Behar began her career in show business as a stand-up comedian in the early 1980s, appearing on A.B.C.’s “Good Morning America” and Lorne Michaels’ N.B.C. project “The New Show.” After leaving G.M.A. in 1983, she began to perform in prestigious clubs like Carolines and Catch a Rising Star, receiving great reviews for her performances. She appeared on N.B.C.’s “The New Show” in 1984 for a limited time. She returned to “Good Morning America” later that year, this time as a guest star. “Way Off Broadway,” Behar’s talk show on Lifetime Television, premiered in 1987. Her new career path began in 1988 when she played Helga Von Haupt in the hit N.B.C. sitcom “Baby Boom.” In the early 1990s, her reputation continued to rise, and she was cast in Nora Ephron’s film “This is My Life” (1992) and Woody Allen’s “Manhattan Murder Mystery” (1994). She also made her stage debut during this time, participating in off-Broadway blockbusters, including “The Food Chain” (1995) and “The Vagina Monologues” (1996). She joined the A.B.C. daytime talk show “The View” in 1997. She was one of the original panelists. In May of 1999, Behar published her first book, “Joy Shtick: Or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?” After a decade of being nominated, Behar won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in August 2009. Behar is most known for her role as co-host on “The View.” Despite the show having a multi-generational group of women co-hosting, Behar is perhaps its most renowned member, having served for 16 years without interruption before taking a break in 2013. She hosted “The Joy Behar Show” on H.L.N. from 2009 to 2011, and “Joy Behar: Say Anything!” on Current T.V. from 2012 until August 2013. “Late Night Joy,” Behar’s new weekly late-night talk show, began on T.L.C. on November 4, 2015. She has authored several books, including a collection of satirical essays and stories and a children’s book, “Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog,” published in 2006.
From 1965 to 1981, Behar was married to college professor Joe Behar. Eve Behar Scotti is their daughter. Her grandson’s name is Luca. In 1981, the couple divorced. Behar established a long-term relationship with schoolteacher Steve Janowitz in 1982, referring to him as her “spousal equal.” They married on August 11, 2011, after 29 years of being together.
She works at “Good Morning America” as a receptionist and receives excellent feedback for her stand-up comedy in the 1980s.
Her comic skits are so well received that she finally gets her own talk show on Lifetime Television, "Way Off Broadway."
She becomes a star when she joins the A.B.C. daytime talk show "The View" as one of the initial panelists.
In May, Behar publishes her first book, "Joy Shtick: Or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?", effectively establishing her name as an author.
In August 2009, Behar receives her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for her outstanding performance on the talk show "The View."
Behar is inducted into the “Brooklyn Walk of Fame” at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for her distinguished work in the entertainment and media industry.
Why We Love Joy Behar
She motivates through her comedy
Behar's kind of hilarity isn't manufactured or edited. The same humorous personality who appears on T.V. will appear at an event to entertain the guests. She integrates her humor with a motivating message about persevering in hard work, believing in second chances in both career and love, and the importance of being open to new experiences.
She is brave
She is not scared to speak up when she sees any wrongdoing. Behar ran her own W.A.B.C. radio show for three years, where she tackled politics with a deadly comedic edge.
She is a self-trained comedian
Being a comic, let alone a successful comedian, is no simple undertaking. Behar has made a name for herself as a successful comic based solely on her enthusiasm for the genre. She did not have a mentor to help her navigate this career route.
5 Surprising Facts
Behar provided Eunice's voice
In the blockbuster film "Ice Age: Continental Drift," she voiced Eunice, a ground sloth, and Sid's mother.
She checks the pilots' conditions
She makes sure the pilots are awake and sober before boarding a plane.
She is an excellent cook
She is a fantastic cook and makes an amazing lasagna, which she delivers to Whoopi Goldberg for her birthday every year.
She regularly does crossword
She completes the “New York Times” crossword every day and occasionally seeks assistance from crossword blogger Rex Parker.
She hates hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs irritate her because they are so gelatinous.
Joy Behar FAQs
What is Joy Behar's salary on “The View”?
Her yearly compensation on “The View” is $7 million, making her the second-highest-paid panelist behind Whoopi Goldberg.
Is Joy Behar's husband younger than her?
Her husband, Steve Janowitz, is seven years younger than she is. As you age, having someone younger than you around to help is beneficial, according to Behar.
What is up with Joy Behar?
COVID is the cause of Behar’s disappearance, as it turns out. She didn’t test positive, but it was announced on the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day episode that Joy would be off for a few days after being in close contact with someone who did have COVID.
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