Comedian David Brenner has died at age 78
March 15, 2014 4:06 PM   Subscribe

Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side David has the record for appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for 158 appearances not including guest hosting.
posted by shockingbluamp (16 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Hey, an obit post without a link to an obit is a little weird - let's see if we can get a little more context and/or linkage on this one. -- restless_nomad

He really helped make growing up in the 1980s bearable.

posted by riverlife at 4:21 PM on March 15

. He's easily one of the first stand-up comedians I can remember watching on TV. I remember thinking that my parents were so cool that they let me watch his HBO special in the 70s.
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posted by wallabear at 4:37 PM on March 15

I briefly met him at a wedding in the early 90s. He was very nice to me. Peace to all who knew and loved him.
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posted by Renoroc at 4:46 PM on March 15

I think this is the third or fourth time now I've managed to work his "hang up on yourself" bit into a MetaFilter comment. It won't be the last. He was one of my first favorite comedians.

posted by Room 641-A at 5:01 PM on March 15

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posted by cazoo at 5:23 PM on March 15

Well shit.

I had no idea he was that old [b. 1936], he seemed perpetually 45 in all the years I saw him.

His wiki entry is interesting. "After high school, he largely hung out on the street corners for two years, followed by two years in the army, serving in the 101st Airborne and as a cryptographer of the 595th Signal Corp in Boblingen, Germany.". "He also wrote five books".
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posted by kinnakeet at 5:31 PM on March 15

I loved listening to AM talk radio as a kid and my favorite host was David Brenner. I would sit in the backyard, swinging on a swingset and listening to his show most days for a while. When we got a computer and AOL (I think I was in third grade), I sent him an email telling him how much I liked his show.

He emailed me back the next day. Great guy.

posted by raisindebt at 5:52 PM on March 15

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