Originally scheduled as a ‘Friday Fun’ post regarding Garry Shandling’s appearance on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, this has changed to a ‘Point of View’ post where I say goodbye to one of my comedy heroes.
Garry Shandling died suddenly last Thursday March 24, at age 66, of an apparent massive heart attack.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re familiar with his stand up and with the shows he created and starred in, ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’ (1986-1990) and ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ (1992-1998). A truly inventive and original voice in comedy, he created these groundbreaking shows of the 80s and the 90s that are still emulated today.
‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’ was the meta sit-com that had Shandling playing himself in front of a studio audience, that broke the fourth wall, with an incredible theme song* that included the lyrics “This is the theme to Garry’s Show, this is the theme to Garry’s Show. Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song…” Continue Reading →