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Care to share your thoughts or memories of comedian Garry Shandling dead at the age of 66?

Asked by ibstubro (18730points) March 24th, 2016

I was hoping it was a hoax, but I fear not.

I admit I was slow to warm to Garry in the early days because he seemed so average. So low-key.
That was his genius.

Garry Shandling, comic, ‘Larry Sanders Show’ creator, dies

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Coloma's avatar

I was never a huge fan but he did have a unique presentation. RIp gary, you went out with a bang, the perfect way to go, a fast delivery. haha

elbanditoroso's avatar

I always thought he was brash and obnoxious. Never liked his stuff. Sorry he is dead, but he is not a huge loss to the entertainment community.

Pachy's avatar

An immensely clever and talented comedian but one you either loved or didn’t. Me, I loved him. His first sitcom, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” was ahead of its time, as was his second, the “Larry Sanders Show.” Both were brilliant, funny, touching at times, and both set the bar for many sitcoms to follow. Garry was far too young to die. I’ll miss him.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I’ve never been a fan.

Seek's avatar

I know him only from the episode of The X Files, in which he played the movie-version of Mulder. Tea Leoni played Scully.

JLeslie's avatar

I haven’t watched this episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee yet with Garry and Jerry. At one point they are talking about dying in your 60’s, according to the clip I just saw on TV. I thought I would post it here for anyone who wants to see it. If you have never seen the show, some of the episodes are great.

Pachy's avatar

The comments at the end of this article show how much he was admired by his peers.

ibstubro's avatar

I think that gets to the heart of it, @Pachy.

While I was never a huge fan of Garry, I grew to like him more and more as we aged, and I could see that he was one of the ‘Elder Statesmen’ of modern American comedy. A lot of the contemporary stuff I do find hilariously funny can be traced back to ground Shandling broke. And traced back not by the talking heads, but by the comedians themselves.

The fact that he was loved, admired and revered by so many in his own profession says a lot about what an influential and – maybe even more importantly – really good guy he was.

JLeslie's avatar

My husband just told me Shandling had gone to the doctor a day or two before for shortness of breath. I bet one of his main arteries from the heart was heavily blocked. Possibly, if the doctor had handled his symptoms differently he would not be dead. If I’m correct, bypass would have saved his life. I’m just guessing though. The autopsy will tell the tale.

Blondesjon's avatar

“Dr. Phil is hiding something. Otherwise, why wouldn’t he use his last name?” – Garry Shandling

tinyfaery's avatar

“This is the theme to Garry’s show. The opening theme to Garry’s show. This is the music that you’ll here as you watch the credits…”

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

“I remember learning to drive on my dad’s lap. Did you guys ever do that? He’d work the brakes. I’d work the wheel. Then I went to take the driver’s test and sat on the examiner’s lap. I failed the exam. But he still writes to me. That’s the really nice part.”

Blondesjon's avatar

“Nice guys finish first. If you don’t know that, then you don’t know where the finish line is.”

ibstubro's avatar

Nice….! you guys.

I loled, literally. Dr. Phil was classic!
If I had another ID I’d log on just to give the the Blondes and @tinyfaery another GA.
Garry would want to leave is laughing.

MooCows's avatar

Never cared for him.

ibstubro's avatar

I’m very loyal in a relationship. Any relationship. When I go out with my mom, I don’t look at other moms and go, “I wonder what her macaroni and cheese tastes like.”

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