Thursday, March 24, 2016

Garry Shandling dies at 66

From cnn, Comedian Garry Shandling, who amused millions of Americans on his faux talk show, The Larry SandersShow, in the 1990s, died Thursday. He was 66.

The news was confirmed by E! and The Associated Press.

TMZ was first with the news, reporting Thursday there was a 911 call from Shandling's Los Angeles home and he was transported to a hospital where he died.

The gossip website said Shandling was healthy and speaking to a friend by phone as late as Thursday morning.

His last tweet (Shandling had nearly 600,000 followers and nearly 7,000 tweets) was March 20 and featured him with Kathy Griffin.

So @GarryShandling & I had to call— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 21, 2016

He was fully engaged until just days before his death, tweeting jokes about Kanye West and Mitt Romney and the Republican presidential contest.

If I was Kanye I wouldn't wait for the GOP convention, I'd go make a deal with Mitt right now.— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) March 19, 2016

Shandling was a comedian, an actor, producer, even a director, according to hisInternet Movie Database page, but he's best known as "Larry Sanders," the anxiety-ridden talk-show host whose hilarious foibles made entertaining fun of the talk-show genre from 1992 to 1998. He was the creator, the writer and the star.

(His Larry Sanders co-star was Jeffrey Tambor, the award-winning star of HBO'sTransparent, playing a transgender woman.)

The convention-bending comedy series also opened the door to other such TV fare, breaking decades-old molds and making possible such popular comedies asSeinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Colbert Report and 30 Rock


DKC said...

I was never a super fan of his. But still, sad.

JPX said...

I agree, I never really "got" his humor but he seemed like a good guy.