“My parents hated me. They used to take me down to the subway and throw candy bars on the tracks…” –Joan Rivers.

If you stop by Maxwell’s Chophouse you’ll find even more of Joan River’s favorite jokes on the wall-mirrors around the restaurant. Why? Tuesday night the restaurant hosted the launch of Joan Rivers Confidential by Melissa Rivers and Scott Currie, published by Abrams Books. Owner Babette Haddad, known as the Queen of Steak, liked the decoration so much she’s decided to keep them up for a while.

“I’ll cook when cake mixes have pictures of Betty Crocker in mink…” –Rivers.

Released on October 24th the book shot to the #1 bestseller of photo-essays on Amazon, and sold out in one day. Sub-titled as “The unseen scrapbooks, joke cards, personal files, and photos of a very funny woman who kept everything” the bestseller includes letters from Tom Hanks, Sissy Spacek, Siegfried and Roy, David Letterman, Katherine Hepburn and Meryl Streep.

“How old am I? I ran the hat check at the Last Supper…” –Rivers.

The launch was hosted by the authors, Rivers and Currie, and co-hosted by Cindy Adams, Blaine Trump and Deborah Norville.

Notably in attendance were Martha Stewart, Brian Atwood, Simon Doonan, Peter Som, Elie Tahari, Chris Benz, Jamie Drake, Ann Dexter Jones, Bob Colacello, Carson Kressley, Graham Norton and Rosanna Scotto.

While the book sold out on the 24th the 336-page hardcover is back in stock on Amazon.

“I don’t exercise. If god had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor…” –Rivers.

 

 

 

 

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Photographed by Jared Siskin/MMc