Garry Shandling

Born Nov 29, 1949

Garry Emmanuel Shandling is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling began his career writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He made a successful stand-up performance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and became a frequent guest-host on the show. Shandling was for a time considered the leading contender to replace Carson.… Read More

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1949 Birth Garry Emmanuel Shandling was born on November 29, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, to a Jewish family. … Read More


1973 23 Years Old In 1973, Shandling moved to Los Angeles. … Read More
1978 28 Years Old Shandling became a stand-up comedian because he was frustrated by situation comedy's "formulaic writing". In 1978, Shandling performed his first stand-up routine at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. … Read More


1984 34 Years Old In 1984, Shandling performed his first stand-up special, Garry Shandling: Alone in Vegas, for Showtime, followed by a second televised special in 1986, The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special, also for Showtime. … Read More
1985 35 Years Old Shandling and co-writer Alan Zweibel went on to create the surreal comedy series It's Garry Shandling's Show in 1985. … Read More


1990 40 Years Old Shandling hosted the Grammy Awards in 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994.
1992 42 Years Old In 1992, Shandling launched another critical and commercial success by creating the mock behind-the-scenes talk show sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. … Read More
1993 43 Years Old In 1993, NBC offered Shandling $5 million to take over the late-night talk show Late Night when host David Letterman announced his highly publicized move to CBS, but Shandling declined. … Read More
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He has also been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) in 1994 and 1995. … Read More


2000 50 Years Old He hosted the Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2004, and co-hosted (giving the opening monologue) in 2003. … Read More
2006 56 Years Old In 2006, Ricky Gervais interviewed Shandling for a British documentary, citing him as a comic influence. … Read More


In January 2016, Shandling was the featured guest on two different online shows. … Read More
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