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David Brenner Tells His Life Story

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Earlier this month we lost legendary stand-up comic David Brenner. Since that time, much has been written about the man, favorite jokes have [...]

'Tonight Show' Regular and Beloved Standup David Brenner Dies at 78

On Saturday, legendary observational standup and Tonight Show favorite David Brenner passed away peacefully in New York City after a battle with cancer. "David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing," fellow standup Richard Lewis said in a statement. "To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy. He mentored me from day one. … His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced." Throughout the '70s and '80s, Brenner became a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, with over 150 appearances as both guest and substitute host. He also starred [...]