Garry Shandling
American comedian
Garry Shandling
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.
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Garry Shandling died from a blood clot in his heart, coroner says
LATimes - about 2 months
Garry Shandling died from a blood clot in his heart, officials said Tuesday, more than seven months after the comedian's unexpected death.  A report by the Los Angeles coroner's office said the fatal clot occurred after the comedian developed blood clots in his legs, a condition known as deep vein...
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Shecky Trump
Huffington Post - 4 months
Last night's Al Smith dinner in NYC revealed the final piece of the puzzle about Donald Trump. He has no sense of humor. As a comedy writer by trade who has made his entire career out of making people laugh,  like most other comedy writers I take the job very seriously. There are all kinds of humor, both high and low and you pretty much get what you pay for.  There is no accounting for personal taste and I think what we gravitate towards, comedically reflects the things that made us laugh right out the gate. Growing up, my parent's comedy was mine too.  I grew up adoring Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, The Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, Bob and Ray, the parade of swaggering comics on Ed Sullivan like Alan King and Henny Youngman until I went my own way when youth co-opted comedy and suddenly comics were rock stars in arenas, from Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Garry Shandling to Dice Clay and man the first year of SNL- ...
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - 5 months
Comedian Ritch Shydner All photos courtesy of Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner's new book, "Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Explosion", has just been published. In the 1980s, Ritch made numerous appearances on TV, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." He wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy-nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big ...
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Artwork from comedian Garry Shandling's estate to be sold
Yahoo News - 7 months
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of paintings and other works of art from the estate of comedian Garry Shandling will be offered for sale at a show in New Mexico this week.
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Inventive TV comedian Garry Shandling dead at 66
CNN - 11 months
Garry Shandling, the comedian whose TV shows "The Larry Sanders Show" and "It's Garry Shandling's Show" parodied talk shows and sitcoms with reflexive, absurdist comedy, has died. He was 66.
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Garry Shandling: Coroner Investigates After Doctor Refuses To Sign Death Certificate - Hollywood Life
Google News - 11 months
Hollywood Life Garry Shandling: Coroner Investigates After Doctor Refuses To Sign Death Certificate Hollywood Life This case keeps getting more shocking by the day. Garry Shandling's doctor has refused to sign his death certificate, because he still doesn't know for sure what caused his tragic, untimely death. What? Though comedian Garry Shandling's death on March ... Garry Shandling Doctor Refuses to Sign Death Certificate Coroner Launches Signing Off: Remembering Garry ShandlingWall Street Journal Shandling's 'The Larry Sanders Show' changed comedyBusiness Insider Barre Montpelier Times Argus -The New Yorker -Chicago Tribune -UPROXX all 96 news articles »
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How Heartbreak Helped Garry Shandling Find His Comedic Voice
NPR - 11 months
The comic, who died Thursday, told Fresh Air that it took him years to develop a style — and then he got dumped. "That was really the beginning of the Garry Shandling dating years in stand-up."
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Comic Garry Shandling, 66, dead from apparent heart attack in L.A - 11 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian and actor Garry Shandling, who made his name as a frequent guest host on late-night television and for parodying himself as star of the pioneering cable TV comedy series, "The Larry Sanders Show," died on Thursday at age 66.
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Comedian Garry Shandling dies at 66 of apparent heart attack
Chicago Times - 11 months
Garry Shandling, who as an actor and comedian masterminded a brand of self-inflicted phony docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show," has died of an apparent heart attack. Shandling's publicist Alan Nierob said doctors at a hospital where the comedian was pronounced dead said it appeared he died...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Garry Shandling
  • 2016
    Age 66
    His final appearance was voicing the porcupine Ikki in Jon Favreau's 2016 film The Jungle Book.
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    In January 2016, Shandling was the featured guest on two different online shows.
    More Details Hide Details On January 13, Shandling appeared on episode 299 of the podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, which ran for over 2 hours and displayed many deeper, spiritual sides to Shandling along with much spontaneous humor. Just a week later, on January 20, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld debuted the now-poignantly titled episode "It's Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive."
  • 2006
    Age 56
    In 2006, Ricky Gervais interviewed Shandling for a British documentary, citing him as a comic influence.
    More Details Hide Details The reviews of British TV critics were mixed – one Guardian reviewer described it as "the uneasiest interview ever", another as Gervais' most interesting but the general consensus was that it felt "awkward", due to both men's different comedic styles. Shandling starred as himself representing Fox Mulder alongside Téa Leoni as Dana Scully in The X-Files season 7 spoof episode "Hollywood A.D." Shandling, along with co-author David Rensin, wrote Confessions of a Late Night Talk Show Host: The Autobiography of Larry Sanders written in the voice of his alter ego, Larry Sanders.
  • 2000
    Age 50
    He hosted the Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2004, and co-hosted (giving the opening monologue) in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared occasionally in movies, beginning with a cameo as dental patient Mr. Vertisey in The Night We Never Met. He played supporting roles in Love Affair and Mixed Nuts, Dr. Dolittle (1998) as the voice of a live-action pigeon, the David Rabe play adaptation Hurlyburly (1998), and Trust the Man (2001). Shandling wrote and starred in director Mike Nichols' What Planet Are You From? (2000), and co-starred with Warren Beatty in Town & Country (2001). He also appeared in a brief cameo in Zoolander (2001). Again voicing an animal, Shandling co-starred as Verne in Over the Hedge (2006). He appeared in Iron Man 2 (2010) as Senator Stern and reprised the role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). He appears uncredited as a health inspector in The Dictator (2012).
  • 1994
    Age 44
    In 1994, when their relationship ended, Shandling had her dismissed from The Larry Sanders Show.
    More Details Hide Details Doucett filed a lawsuit against Shandling and Grey's production company, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. The case was settled out of court in 1997 for $1 million. Shandling played basketball and boxed four times per week. An avid boxing fan, he owned the Wildcard West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California, along with director Peter Berg. He was also a former amateur radio operator, at one time holding the callsign KD6OY. Shandling also used KQ6KA, issued to the pseudonym Dave Waddell. Shandling was a devout Buddhist and had been practicing since his twenties. Before his death he arranged his funeral, which included his posthumous ordination as a Buddhist monk.
    He has also been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) in 1994 and 1995.
    More Details Hide Details He won two American Comedy Awards for Funniest Male Performance in a Comedy Series, eight CableACE Awards, and a BAFTA Award. The show also influenced other shows, such as Entourage, 30 Rock, and Curb Your Enthusiasm in which guest stars play themselves in episodes of the series. In 2002, TV Guide named The Larry Sanders Show as 38th Greatest Show of All Time. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked the show the 28th Best Show of the past 25 years. It was also included on Time magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time. The first season was re-released in 2007 along with a Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show which are Shandling's pick of the best 23 episodes. In January 2015, Shandling returned with fellow cast members from The Larry Sanders Show for Entertainment Weekly’s Reunions issue. He was reunited with co-stars Rip Torn, Jeffrey Tambor, Sarah Silverman, Penny Johnson Jerald, Wallace Langham, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
  • 1993
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was subsequently offered The Late Late Show but also declined in favor of doing The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling wrote 38 episodes of the show, and directed three in the show's final season. Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards for the show; five for acting, seven for writing, and six for being co-executive producer with Brad Grey. He won one Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the series finale "Flip".
  • 1992
    Age 42
    In 1992, Shandling launched another critical and commercial success by creating the mock behind-the-scenes talk show sitcom The Larry Sanders Show.
    More Details Hide Details It ran for 89 episodes through to 1998 on the cable network HBO. It garnered 56 Emmy Award nominations and three wins. Shandling based the series on his experiences guest hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
  • 1990
    Age 40
    Shandling hosted the Grammy Awards in 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    Shandling and co-writer Alan Zweibel went on to create the surreal comedy series It's Garry Shandling's Show in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details It ran for 72 episodes on the Showtime cable television network through 1990. The edited reruns played on the Fox network beginning in 1988. Shandling wrote 15 episodes of the show. The series subverted the standard sitcom format by having its characters openly acknowledge that they were all part of a TV show. Building on a concept that harked back to The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, in which George Burns would frequently break the "fourth wall" and speak directly to the audience, Shandling's show went so far as to incorporate the audience and elements of the studio itself into the storylines, calling attention to the artifice of the show. The show was nominated for four Emmy Awards, including one for Shandling. He won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performance in a Series, and won four CableACE awards, two for Best Comedy Series. The show also won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy from the Television Critics Association.
  • 1984
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, a third special, Garry Shandling: Stand-Up, was part of the HBO Comedy Hour.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A year later Shandling was one of the few performers to cross the picket line when a group of comedians organized a boycott against the Comedy Store, protesting owner Mitzi Shore's policy of not paying comedians to perform. According to William Knoedelseder, Shandling "was the scion of a family with … decidedly antiunion views. He had not shared the struggling comic experience. He was a successful sitcom writer trying to break into stand-up, and prior to the strike, Shore had refused to put him in the regular lineup because she didn't think he was good enough. Of course, that changed the minute he crossed the picket line." Shandling's persona was an anxiety-ridden, grimacing, guarded, confused man on the verge of losing control. After a couple of years on the road, a talent scout from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson booked him to appear as a guest in 1981. Shandling substituted for Carson on a regular basis until 1987, when he left to focus on his cable show, leaving Jay Leno as the permanent guest host and Carson's eventual successor.
  • 1973
    Age 23
    In 1973, Shandling moved to Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He worked at an advertising agency for a time, and then sold a script for the popular NBC sitcom Sanford and Son. In addition to Sanford and Son, Shandling wrote scripts for the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and attended a story meeting for Three's Company.
  • 1949
    Garry Emmanuel Shandling was born on November 29, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, to a Jewish family.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of three sons of Muriel Estelle (née Singer), a pet store proprietor, and Irving Shandling, a print shop owner. During his early years, Shandling's family moved to Tucson, Arizona, so that Garry's older brother Barry could receive treatment for cystic fibrosis. Barry died when Garry was ten. Shandling attended Palo Verde High School. After graduating from Palo Verde High School, Shandling attended the University of Arizona, at first majoring in electrical engineering but eventually completing a degree in marketing and pursuing a year of postgraduate studies in creative writing.
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