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Amsterdam Billiards co-founder David Brenner dies of cancer at age 78

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On March 15, long time comedienne and 'Tonight Show' mainstay David Brenner died of cancer at the age of 78. During the '70s and '80s, Brenner was a guest with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show a record 158 times, and his genius helped jump start a number of comediennes in the genre of observational humor.

However, one of Brenner's legacies that will last beyond the grave was his love of billiards and New York City. In 1989, David Brenner co-founded Amsterdam Billiards with Greg and Ethan Hunt, which went on to set the tone for the renaissance of billiard popularity on the East Coast.

Previously located on the Upper West Side, Amsterdam Billiards was founded in 1989 by comedian David Brenner and brothers, Greg and Ethan Hunt.

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Amsterdam has not just a mecca for the 'revival of pool in Manhattan', but it provided Brenner an outlet to merge billiards, comedy, and all forms of entertainment under one roof. In fact, thousands of celebrities such as Michael Douglas, Andrew Dice Clay, and John Lovitz have been, and still are, frequent guests at the Amsterdam.

100 years from now, the legacy of David Brenner will most probably be his shining achievement on East 11th Street far more than his decades of work on stage and television. And for the renaissance of billiards that has exploded in New York City with such institutions like the NYCGrind, and Slate Billiards, Amsterdam Billiards will remain ground zero to pool just as Greenwich Village once did to the renaissance of art.

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