Garry Shandling Remembered by Comedians
March 24, 2016 – The world of comedy lost one of its heroes today with the passing of Garry Shandling. The comics’ comic, known for his dry delivery, died today in Los Angeles following a massive heart attack at the age of 66. Shandling was a recurring guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” prior to his best known efforts, the sitcom parody “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” and late night talk show parody “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Comedians worldwide immediately took to Twitter to express their reactions to the loss.
RIP the great Garry Shandling. Surely, one of the most influential comedians of a generation.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 24, 2016
So now people are dying just from being awesome? #RIPGarryShandling
— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) March 24, 2016
And now we lose Gary Shandling another brilliant comic mind. I didn’t know him well but his work was inspired and he was gifted. Too sad. — Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) March 24, 2016
Gary Shandling was often funny when he was serious. And when he was actually going for it – unparalleled. Bless his soul. — james l. brooks (@canyonjim) March 24, 2016
Oh no, not Garry Shandling. I adored him. Such a funny sweet eccentric man. What is this year doing to us? I’ll miss him so damn much. — Eric Idle (@EricIdle) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was one of the most brilliant people I have ever known. A shocking huge loss. — Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot. — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) March 24, 2016
My friend Gary Shandling is gone?!?! He will be more than missed…Genius at comedy and decency Good night sweet prince
— Richard Belzer (@MRbelzer) March 24, 2016