This was posted on Facebook by Merrill Markoe, David Letterman's old girlfriend. Merrill Markoe 20 hrs The funeral for Sam Simon yesterday was the most hilarious most inspiring one I've ever attended. His combination of comedy credentials and animal rights activism brought together a great group of people. Many thanks to Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Ari Solomon, Mikko Allanne, Ingrid Newkirk, Bob Barker, Jay Kogen, George Meyer, Al Jean, Drew Carey, I know I'm forgetting someone. It was the kind of larger than life truly superior send off that Sam would have insisted on if he were around to plan it himself. And thank you to Tyson Kilmer for taking good care of Columbo. My favorite funny line was George Meyer's opener: "I'm very wound up emotionally. Its kind of hard for me to speak....Its so hot in here."