Joan Rivers' Memorial Service: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Howard Stern and Others Send Icon Off in Style

Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin and others paid tribute at her memorial service.

The comedy icon's memorial service took place at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan's Upper East Side in her hometown New York.

"All of us should be so blessed to be able to depart this world in exactly the style that we would hope that we would be able to," Norville said.

Geraldo Rivera said the ceremony was not the typical memorial service.

"It was a bundle of laughs in there, I have to say," Rivera said. "It was irreverent, it was off color, it was just like Joan's humor."

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As early as an hour before the 11 a.m. service, two dozen or more attendees began to line up at the temple. Across the street, more than 75 fans were waiting outside, paying homage to the legend.

The service was private and there was no red carpet, but in typical Joan Rivers fashion the service was a grand celebration of her life and legacy.

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"The mood was more joyful than sorrowful. There were a lot of laughs, there was sadness of course but it was exactly the show that Joan wanted," said Geraldo Rivera.

There were also stories about Joan's generosity and her irreverence, said Access Hollywood's Billy Bush.

"Her accountant got up and said, 'Even when she didn't have money, she was giving it away,'" Bush said. "They talked about how grateful she was as a person, just grateful."

After the service ended, bagpipes began playing "New York, New York" as a way to cap off the one-of-a-kind tribute.

Close family friend Deborah Norville told ABC News last week that Rivers' daughter Melissa had been instrumental in planning the beautiful service.

"Melissa's unbelievable. But I'm not at all surprised because she's so much like her mother," she said. "She is doing a spectacular job planning her mom's funeral, making sure that the people she loved have a role to play, making sure that everybody that Joan would want there is notified and has ample time to get there."

Rivers died a few days ago "peacefully," surrounded by friends and family at the age of 81, Melissa Rivers said on Thursday.

The comedic legend had been at Mount Sinai Hospital sedated for a week after she went into cardiac arrest following a procedure at a local New York clinic. Rivers was undergoing what close friend Deborah Norville described as "a diagnostic procedure ... [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy."

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