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Stand-up Comedy Greats: Garry Shandling - 1983
Reaganite Republican ^ | March 9, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 03/09/2011 12:48:19 PM PST by Reaganite Republican

"Sold my last house for $85,000... 
my landlord was real upset about that"


Garry Shandling (11.29.1949) is an American comedian, actor and writer best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in Chicago, Shandling was then raised in Tuscon, AZ. Later as a young adult he moved-on to LA, starting out a creative career at an ad agency, writing scripts. 

Garry soon broke into TV by successfully submitting an unsolicited script for a Sanford and Son episode (this became the one where Fred turns his junkyard into a Japanese restaurant lol). He came  to write for other top network TV shows such as Three's Company and Welcome Back, Kotter

Later Shandling made a successful stand-up performance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and subsequently became a frequent guest-host on the show throughout the early 80s. Shandling eventually evolved into the leading contender to replace Carson as host upon his pending retirement, a position that instead went to Jay Leno. 

In 1986 Shandling created It's Garry Shandling's Show for the pay cable channel Showtime, which was nominated for four Emmy Awards- it ran four seasons.

His second effort at a series -The Larry Sanders Show- hit the air on HBO in 1992, and was considerably more successful. Shandling was nominated for and impressive 18 Emmy Awards for the show and won in 1998, along with Peter Tolan, for writing the series finale.

During his three-decade career, Shandling has been nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, 11 CableACE Awards, a BAFTA Award, three American Comedy Awards, two Writers' Guild of America Award nominations, and two Satellite Award nominations, and more.

I myself was fortunate enough to have caught the stand up act live cca 1984, and he just killed- imo Garry Shandling's a comedy genius. Here's an appearance on the then-new Letterman show... he really shook-up the formula and inspired many other stand up acts that followed to think outside the box a little bit:


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TOPICS: Humor; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: comedy; humor; jokes; tv

1 posted on 03/09/2011 12:48:27 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I loved the Larry Sanders Show. Rip Torn as Artie, Jeffrey Tambor as Hank were magnificent in their roles. My second favorite show after the Sopranos.


2 posted on 03/09/2011 12:54:01 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: Reaganite Republican

this is trully sad.


3 posted on 03/09/2011 1:00:31 PM PST by brivette
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To: lbryce

“Elton John... ...is a gay!”


4 posted on 03/09/2011 1:00:47 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: lbryce

Plus he was outstanding as the lib “senator” from Pa. who grilled Tony Stark (Iron Man 2) on CSPAN to give up the Iron man suit to the federal gov.


5 posted on 03/09/2011 1:00:53 PM PST by max americana
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To: Reaganite Republican

Thanks for that post!

I was laughing so hard I was crying. He’s one of my all time favorite.


6 posted on 03/09/2011 1:05:35 PM PST by aquila48
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To: brivette

Uh, he’s not dead.


7 posted on 03/09/2011 1:05:53 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: max americana
You know, I had it in mind to post exactly that but got sidetracked and neglected to mention it.

Senator Stern.The final scene posturing for the shot of Tony, and the other guy (forgot who it was) was quintessentially Gary. (Middle finger gesture). Thanks for mentioning it.

8 posted on 03/09/2011 1:08:39 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Where is Tuscon Arizona, I can’t find that on the map.


9 posted on 03/09/2011 1:10:50 PM PST by Venturer
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To: fieldmarshaldj

oops, my bad.


10 posted on 03/09/2011 1:11:37 PM PST by brivette
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To: Venturer
Where is Tuscon Arizona

Right next to One-scon.

11 posted on 03/09/2011 1:13:00 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Reaganite Republican
It's Garry Shandling's Show is one of my all-time faves. I'll never forget the episode they did as a musical - had me rolling on the floor.
12 posted on 03/09/2011 1:13:38 PM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (A little bit of teenage heaven, right here on earth!)
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To: lbryce
"...I loved the Larry Sanders Show..."

I loved the "It's Garry Shandling's Show. I really digged the theme song, which uis now stuck in my head. It was written by Randy Newman, and it is just stupid. So stupid it is now stuck in my head.

13 posted on 03/09/2011 1:18:23 PM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I never liked Shandling. I always thought he was a nancy-boy.


14 posted on 03/09/2011 2:09:47 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Reaganite Republican

Never liked Gary’s standup, I’d already kind of had my fill of the affable shmuck routine. But It’s Gary Shandling Show was brilliant, meta before anybody know what the hell meta was. And you knew exactly what you were getting into the minute you heard that opening theme:
this is the theme to Gary’s show
the opening theme to Gary’s show
this is the music that you hear
as you watch the credit
we’re almost to the part
when I start to whistle
this is the theme to Gary Shandling’s Show.

Amazing stuff.


15 posted on 03/09/2011 2:16:37 PM PST by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: Venturer

Right next to “Lybia” like they spelled it on Whitehouse.org lol

Thx for the heads up


16 posted on 03/09/2011 2:31:23 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: backwoods-engineer

What is a nancy boy?

lol- forgive my ignorance


17 posted on 03/09/2011 2:34:39 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Whew!

If you have to ask...

What color are your lofers? Light colored?

18 posted on 03/09/2011 2:44:34 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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