Skip to comments.Tonight Show favourite David Brenner dead at 78 following cancer battle
Posted on 03/16/2014 9:24:00 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
Legendary comedian David Brenner has died at the age of 78.
The funnyman, who is best known for his work on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, slipped into a coma this week before passing away on Saturday afternoon at his home in New York.
His publicist confirmed to the Associated Press that Brenner, who had been fighting an agressive form of cancer, died peacefully with his family at his side.
David was a favourite of the Tonight Show host Johnny Carson and appeared on the programme 158 times .
He also hosted the show several times.
The Philadelphia native was a regular on Howard Stern's radio show as well.
'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.'
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He also was nice not foul.
101st Airborne vet. (cryptographer). Honors graduate from Temple University. More to him than his stage persona.
ole comedy sayin........” if ya ain’t funny,they won’t laugh at ya”
that said....comedy that works had truth in the body
That takes brains, Brenner had buckets of brains
This man epitomized everything to love about people from Philadelphia (before the Marxists took the city over 20 years ago). He was warm, funny, open, familiar, hip without being a snob about it, comfortable in his ethnicity and just all-around loveable. I am shocked how sad I feel that he will no longer be around; almost as shocked as I am to hear he was 78.
So many comedians owe their success to this guy who blazed a trail for the humor in everyday life. Seinfeld could not have succeeded without Brenner first having shown the way.
Jimmy Fallon ought to do a Tonight Show special on David.
I remember this routine he and his buddies did as teens: David would get on a city bus carrying a mop, pail, broom and other cleaning stuff. He’d cause a commotion trying to find a seat and then he’d exit the bus. His buddies would have been following the bus in their car all the time and they’d pick David up and speed way ahead of the bus to the next bus stop. David would then get on that same bus again. It was a pretty funny story when David told it.
God Bless David and his family and speed this funny comedian on to heaven!
There is a picture of Brenner in his autobio that I have never forgotten that was taken when Brenner was maybe 14, by an itinerant photographer. The face is pure city kid distracted for a moment by something; a moment in fleeting time that is captured and preserved eternally. In this age of the camera this phenomenon is rarer than one would expect.
“He also was nice not foul.”
Apparently you have not seen any of his HBO specials when he tried to make his ‘comeback’. He was down and dirty in the gutter with the rest of them.
I read Alison Arngrim’s book about her Little House on the Prairie Days (She was Nellie). It’s actually quite funny, although she seems to have had a life I never would have wanted. She did a turn in standup comedy.
One thing she said was that she was invited to do some standup but the requirement was that she be very raunchy. This was not anything she had ever done but I guess the nature of the culture nowadays was that she did not see this as anything creepy. So she filled her act with four letter words and extremely nasty jokes, and got a good reception.
I don’t know how the culture ever got so twisted. I laugh when people tell me there is no devil.
Hey, that is what you get on the HOBO channel.
Buddy Hackett was raunchy on that channel too, but he was a great guy.
Jackie Mason on marriage...
I have some of jokes on VHS... memorized. He was so good.
Well on Carson at his best he was a clean act. I’d guess he was dirtier in Vegas too.
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