Why yes, I am reading that newspaper.
March 16, 2014 8:10 AM Subscribe
Philadelphia native and comedian David Brenner has passed away at age 78
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Born in South Philadelphia, Mr. Brenner
served as a cryptographer in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division. After discharge from the Army, Mr. Brenner went on to attend Temple University in Philadelphia where he majored in mass communications and worked for campus radio station WRTI-FM. After graduation, Brenner worked at television station KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
started his career making documentaries, writing and producing over 115 documentaries, but then realized "...that nothing [he] had done on TV changed one damn thing", so he "quit trying to solve the problems and decided to make people laugh about them," and pursued a career in comedy
Mr. Brenner first appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1971
, and went on to appear on The Tonight Show 158 times, the most of any guest on that show.
Brenner released the comedy album Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper?
, based on an incident where he was riding on public transportation. Brenner was sitting on a newspaper when a fellow passenger asked Mr. Brenner if he was reading that newspaper. Mr. Brenner said he was, stood up, turned a page, and sat back down on the newspaper.
Mr. Brenner was honored as The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Person of the year in 1984, and inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in 2003.
Mr. Brenner is survived by three sons: Cole, Slade, and Wyatt.