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.