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Joan Rivers’ book sales spiked 70,750 percent, as did celebrity tributes

Sales of Joan Rivers’ most recent book, Diary Of A Mad Diva, have skyrocketed an incredible 70,750 percent since news of her death broke yesterday afternoon. Published back in July, Diary Of A Mad Diva is a typically barbed Rivers effort where she makes fun of Larry King for being old (he was born six months after her, for the record) and pitches a series called Tiny Stuffers. This postmortem bump has moved Diary Of A Mad Diva from 1,417th place to No. 2 on Amazon’s bestseller list, hopefully producing the extra cash that Rivers’ family is going to need if they’re going to follow her last wishes as laid out in her other newly-minted bestseller, 2013’s I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me:

“When I die (and, yes, Melissa, that day will come; and, yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action….I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing “Mr. Lonely.” I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”

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Meanwhile, celebrities influenced by Rivers have been paying their own tributes to the legendary comedienne. Sarah Silverman, who considered Rivers a mentor, made fun of Jimmy Kimmel’s shirt in her honor. Julie Klausner, who worked as a joke writer for Rivers, called her “a goddess, a mensch, and a friend” in Vulture. Louis C.K., who featured Rivers on an episode of Louie, released a very respectful statement that referred to Rivers as “a controlled lightning bolt…a prolific and unpredictable, joyful joke writer.” Lena Dunham, who had a somewhat more contentious relationship with Rivers, ended a heartfelt series of tweets by fulfilling the promise she’d made on Marc Maron’s WTF to give her one last zinger:

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Meanwhile, all of the late-night talk shows—where Rivers had long been a favorite guest—offered their own tributes, with Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, and Seth Meyers all paying their respects.

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And in the Heaven Joan Rivers probably didn’t believe in because she was Jewish, she laughed.

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