Skip to comments.‘Tonight Show’ Favorite, Comedian David Brenner Dies At 78
Posted on 03/15/2014 5:09:15 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
Comedian David Brenner passed away Saturday, a spokesman for his family said. He was 78.
Jeff Abraham, who was Brenners publicist, said the Tonight Show favorite died Saturday afternoon at his home in New York City.
The gangly, toothy Brenner made more than 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on Johnny Carsons Tonight Show, starting in the 1970s.
The exposure 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.
Howard Stern tweeted about Brenner Saturday following the news of his passing, saying Keep David in your thoughts. Great guy who was always encouraging and in my corner. I am so sad.
Brenner continued to work steadily doing standup shows. A four-day gig last December included a New Years Eve show at a casino-resort in King of Prussia, Pa.
Talented gentleman. Thanks for the laughs!!.
I remember when he did a Tonight Show routine about visiting a Post Office and seeing a sign that said, “No dogs allowed except for seeing eye dogs” and then asking, “Who was that sign for?”
I remember him when Johnny was host. He was pretty funny guy and pretty clean for a comic.
RIP, thanks for the laughs
Very funny man.
I was the class clown and watching him in the mid-70s almost made me choose standup comedy as a career.
Crippling stage fright kept me from pursuing it, but he was the main person who inspired me to seriously consider comedy as a profession.
RIP, Mr. Brenner. Godspeed.
There goes another bit of my youth. R.I.P. David.
wow... i had no idea he was in his late 70s!
Mr. Brenner was from my neck of the woods. Remembering his comedy when I was growing up. I didn’t know he was 78 years old.
Rest in peace, David Brenner.
A very funny man... I’m getting old.
He was on the very short list of Johnny Carson’s replacements
when Johnny retired but was considered too ethnic.
Odd coincidence that he was mentioned on a rerun of Modern Family aired tonight at 8:30 on USA. R.I.P. David.
<There goes another bit of my youth. R.I.P. David.
No kidding. It’s getting scary.
He was a wonderful comedian. RIP.
I asked EXACTLY the same question!
He was a naturally funny fellow- always enjoyed him.