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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
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The Larry Sanders Show Was Pretty Much the Best Comedy Ever, and Garry Shandling Knows It

The Larry Sanders Show is one of the most influential TV comedies ever made. Shows like 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm probably wouldn't exist had it not paved the way, and the writers' list is like a who's-who of modern comedy: Judd Apatow, Jon Vitti, Paul Simms, John Riggi and so on. And Garry Shandling knows all this:

"When I’m most objective I remembered explaining to HBO what my vision of the show was and I couldn’t use anything that was on TV as an example of what I wanted to do, so I knew it must have been innovative. Every so often I’ll see something on TV and think: 'That wasn’t on TV before Larry Sanders' – the single camera, more reality-based, non laugh-tracked comedies seem to be of the Larry Sanders sensibility."

He is not wrong! Just because, here's a clip from the show with Norm MacDonald and Henry Winkler:

If you've never seen the show, the complete series is hitting DVD a week from today. You should probably get on board.

  • Choire

    I believe a young lady comedian (COMEDIENNE???) came to some prominence on this show as well, but I forget her name.

    • Choire

      IN FACT THREE OF THEM. Which to me is far more interesting than the men, most of whom were established. The three women (can you name them?) were younger and starting out and were all FANTASTIC.

      • http://splitsider.com Adam Frucci

        Garafalo, I know. Who else? I must admit I have only seen the first couple seasons and am currently working my way through.

        • MattP

          Raskjub (sp?) and ummmm….. Scott Thompson??

    • J A Carp

      Sarah Silverman (plus Garafalo and Rajskub)

      • Choire

        FOR THE WIN.

        I love pop quizzes. Let's do this again!

  • J A Carp
  • dntsqzthchrmn

    Norm MacDonald.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Feinsod/558621366 Mark Feinsod

    Glad this is on DVD. Some cable channel used to show reruns that were heavily edited, and it sucked.