There was debate about whether her true funeral wishes were going to be honored, but according to the accounts of celebrities who attended in Manhattan on Sunday, it was the kind of star-studded extravaganza Joan would have wanted.
Veteran Broadway performer Hugh Jackman told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show last night that he performed “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage” during Joan’s funeral service. Apparently Joan wanted Jackman to perform it ever since she saw him in The Boy from Oz on Broadway in 2004.
“It was amazing,” he said. “I must admit: I’ve been to several funerals, and I’ve always kind of felt for the person who has to sing. I’ve always said, ‘Oh, how do you do that?’”
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Comedienne Margaret Cho documented her experience attending Joan’s funeral on her blog, calling it the “saddest day.” She wrote that one of the funeral’s more memorable moments was a loud, crass joke delivered by Howard Stern:
In the morose silence Howard Stern said, “Joan Rivers had a dry pussy.”
At first, the words just hung there, as no one knew exactly what to do. Of course I started laughing hysterically, and everyone else, remembering who we were there to honor, followed suit. Howard Stern actually choked back tears as he continued – “Joan’s pussy was so dry it was like a sponge – so that when she got in the bathtub – whooooosh – all the water would get absorbed in there! Joan said that if Whitney Houston had as dry a pussy as Joan’s, she would still be alive today…”
It was so wrong but so right at the same time. So Joan. So great. RIP my friend.
During the service, Joan’s daughter Melissa delivered an appropriately hilarious eulogy, describing her mother as a “true creative genius” and “late with the rent.”
Check out CNN’s awesome coverage of Joan’s legacy here, and their full coverage of the A-list funeral below: