Tonight Show Staple David Brenner Dead at 78

David Brenner DiesComedian David Brenner, who made a record 158 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, died Saturday at his home in New York of cancer. He was 78.

The Philadelphia native headlined the NBC comedy series Snip in 1976, but the series was axed before the first episode aired (allegedly because it was to feature the first openly gay character on network television). He also had a supporting role in the 1989 romantic comedy Worth Watching.


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  1. Sad Fan says:

    RIP Mr. Brenner. You were a very funny man and the world will miss you and your laughter.

  2. Robert says:

    One of the great stand ups. Grew up watching him

  3. Amy says:

    Grew up watching him too… he was one of my favorites. That clip and the ones attached to it from YouTube really bring back memories. He was funny, in such a casual way. Johnny not only had him on a record number of times, I think he used to have him guest host a lot too…an honor not bestowed on many by the late night king. RIP David Brenner….you gave me many laughs.

  4. RIP says:

    I totally remember the jokes from the video clip — especially the cool side of the pillow and the mosquito parts. Wow. Thanks for the laughs, Mr. Brenner. RIP!!

  5. JM says:

    I grew up watching him too. He brought so much laughter to my childhood. RIP, Mr. Brenner.