Howard Stern Gave Joan Rivers a Filthy Eulogy
But it was 'so Joan. So great,' Margaret Cho writes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
Howard Stern, center right, and his wife, Beth, depart a funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at age 81.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – Joan Rivers' funeral was a heartbreaking affair—in a blog post, fellow comedian Margaret Cho describes a throng of "girl comics" weeping "like professional mourners." And then Howard Stern began his eulogy. "Joan Rivers had a dry pussy," he said, according to Cho. After a stunned silence, she says, everyone remembered "who we were there to honor" and started laughing. "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," Cho writes in her post, titled "Putting the Fun Back in Funeral." On his radio show yesterday, Stern said he was at first reluctant to say yes when Rivers' daughter, Melissa, asked him to deliver the eulogy, ABC News reports. "I said to her, 'Melissa, you are asking the wrong guy.'" But ultimately he agreed. "I didn't want to say the wrong thing," Stern continued. "I was in touch with Louis CK and he said, 'You know, Joan really deserves a great send-off. He said something very profound. He said, 'Joan was like an aunt or a best friend who could make everything better.' Even in times after, say, 9/11 ... when she would crack a joke ... you didn't feel so alone. It just made you feel better knowing Joan Rivers was making a joke about it."