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David Brenner (1936-2014)

Comedian David Brenner, ‘Tonight’ favorite, dies

By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, March 15, 5:57 PM

LOS ANGELES — David Brenner, the gangly, toothy-grinned “Tonight Show” favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standup comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, died Saturday. He was 78.

Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side, according to Jeff Abraham, his friend and publicist.

“David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing. To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy,” comedian Richard Lewis said in a statement. “He mentored me from day one. ... His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced.”

Brenner’s standup routines became a favorite of “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson starting in the 1970s.

His 150-plus “Tonight Show” appearances turned the former documentary filmmaker into a hot comedian. Brenner was a regular on other TV talk shows and game shows and starred in four HBO comedy specials. He also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987.

He moved with the times, trading routines about the humor of everyday life for jokes about social and political issues. He appeared on MSNBC and Fox News Channel cable programs as well as talk shows.

“David was one of the most respected and liked comedians by his peers. He was always there helping a bright young comedian, whether it be Richard Lewis, Freddie Prinze or Jimmie Walker, and he was still doing it until the very end,” Abraham said.

Brenner worked steadily through 2013 doing standup. A four-day gig last December included a New Year’s Eve show at a King of Prussia, Pa., casino-resort in which he showcased young comedians.
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One of the funniest there ever was. Rest in peace.
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Re: David Brenner (1936-2014)

he was 78. where did the time go?
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78! Holy shit, he didn't look that old. Just like Richard Lewis doesn't look 66. Brenner was hilarious. Sad to hear of his death.
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I always looked forward to his appearances on The Tonight Show. He starred in a 1976 hairdresser-themed sitcom called Snip, that never aired (in America). It was profiled in TV Guide's Fall Preview issue, but NBC yanked it at the last minute, supposedly because of a gay character, which was considerably controversial at the time.
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Re: David Brenner (1936-2014)

A true comedy legend. I loved it when he would guest host for Carson.

If I were to make a list of the greatest standup comedians, he would be in the top ten.
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They were playing the episode of Modern Family he was on, then I saw the news. I wonder if it was a coincidence? Or they just threw it on.
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Re: David Brenner (1936-2014)

I only know of him from a handful of Tonight Show appearances and vague memories of the aforementioned talk show he hosted.
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Re: David Brenner (1936-2014)

Anyone remember him as the Glad bag answer man?

Really sad to hear this news.

Btw, is that George McGovern to his right in that Tonight Show picture?

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Btw, is that George McGovern to his right in that Tonight Show picture?
It looks like Sean Connery and Michael Caine.
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I can see that
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It might have been '76 then, if they appeared together for The Man Who Would Be King.
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Re: David Brenner (1936-2014)

Checked Seinfeld's twitter page and found no mention the passing of the man that gave him his career.

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