David Brenner, a lanky, toothy “The Tonight Show” favorite, whose brand of watch comedy became a staple of other stand-up comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, He died on Saturday. He is 78 years old.
Brenner, who battled cancer, died peacefully at his New York City home with his family by his side, according to his friend and publicist Jeff Abraham.
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“When I met David Brenner, he was a huge star and he brought me under his wing. Historically, for me, he has been the godfather of trendy observation comedy,” Comedian Richard Lewis said in a statement. “He looked after me from day one. …His death has left a hole in my life that will never be closed.”
In the 1970s, Brenner’s stand-up became a favorite of “The Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson.
His more than 150 “The Tonight Show” appearances turned the former documentary filmmaker into a hip comedian. A regular on other TV talk shows and game shows, Brenner appeared in four HBO comedy specials. He also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987.
He moved with the times, swapping jokes about social and political issues for routines of everyday humor. He has appeared on cable and talk shows on MSNBC and Fox News.
“David is one of the most respected and popular comedians of his age. He’s always there to help a bright young comedian, whether it’s Richard Lewis, Freddie Prinz or Jimmy Walker , he did it all to the end,” Abraham said.
Brenner struggled to get up until 2013. The four-day appearance last December included a New Year’s Eve show at a casino resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where he showcased the young comedian.