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David Brenner, comedian, dead at 78

David Brenner, a famous comedian, died at the age of 78 on Saturday. David Brenner was a favorite on “The Tonight Show” when Johnny Carson was the host. The comedian was said to have been on the Carson show 168 times – and at times he was the guest host. Brenner’s “observational” brand of comedy is said to have been the forerunning type of humor for such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, according to a Yahoo! News report on Sunday.

David Brenner, a favorite comedian of Johnny Carson, died at 78 on March 15, 2014.
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Brenner died peacefully at his home in New York City, according to the report, with his family at his side. He had been struggling with cancer for a time.

Besides Brenner’s many appearances on “The Tonight Show,” he also appeared on other talk shows and game shows. Prior to becoming known for his comedy, he was a documentary filmmaker. For a short amount of time, he hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987. He also starred in four HBO special broadcasts.

Brenner is survived by his wife Ruth, sons Cole, Wyatt and Slade, and a grandson, Wesley.

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