Joan Rivers Put the 'Fun' Back in Funeral

September 8, 2014 6:39 PM

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Joan Rivers put the "fun" in funeral. I arrived almost an hour early, as our invitations had suggested because of tightened security. I sneaked into a side entrance, so I missed the grand spectacle of paparazzi, fans, well wishers, and shiny black cars, a mass of people covering at least three city blocks in front of Temple Emanu-El. There was no red carpet, which was oddly disappointing, as this had been teased by the press in the hours after Joan's death. This was to be a staid, classy, dignified affair. I did sneak outside to look for protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church. They did not show up! Even they, as twisted and dumb as they are, had to respect our Lady Joan.

The temple was huge and packed and silent and all her fancy friends were there, as well as many of us girl comics, because we had lost our dear leader (I do see her as my own personal Kim Jong Ill, as she was tiny yet commanded an empire) and so it was our saddest day. Rosie O'Donnell and Kathy Grif...

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