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Comedian David Brenner passed away at the age of 78 on Saturday from cancer. He is best known for making over 150 appearances on The Tonight Show when Johnny Carson was host. The move helped make Brenner's career.
He didn't get into standup on The Tonight Show right away and actually worked for a short on over a 100 TV documentaries that examined poverty. When he finally did turn to standup comedy, he found himself spurred on after a booker for the late-night talk show told Brenner's agent that he was no good. It took only two years after his first paying gig to make it on the air.
Some who knew Brenner from his time as a comedian took to Twitter to quickly remember and pay tribute. Comedian Richard Lewis (King John from Robin Hood: Men in Tights) posted a picture of the two back in 1979. A few others also took time to remember the man.
Comedian Richard Lewis shared a picture of the two back in 1979:
The late David Brenner on location with me in 1979. Man what a loss. Treat your pals like gold. pic.twitter.com/gWrrS8okgK
— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) March 16, 2014
Whoopi Goldberg paid tribute to her friend:
my friend David Brenner passed 2day he wasa great comic & a great guy hes in the great comedy club in the sky.R.I.P Condolences 2his family
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) March 16, 2014
Magician Lance Burton reminisced on a time he met Brenner:
I sat next to David Brenner at the premier of "Love" at Mirage. Nice man. I was a a fan since the 70s. Remember him hosting Tonight Show.
— Lance Burton (@LanceBurtonMM) March 15, 2014
R.I.P. David Brenner. I will always remember the laughs and your incredibly generous spirit. It was an honor to have you in my life.
— Alan Zweibel (@AlanZweibel) March 15, 2014
Playwright Peter Sagal fondly remembers skiing trips he took with Brenner:
David Brenner told me how he taught his friend Sonny Bono how to ski. I like to think they're having an interesting chat now.
— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) March 15, 2014