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Tributes: David Brenner

Monday, March 17, 2014

Unlike most comedians who went on The Tonight Show and headed straight to the couch, David Brenner performed first.  The reason was, as Johnny Carson would explain, "I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six minutes."  The lanky, toothsome Philadelphia native started out as a writer and director of television documentaries, before deciding to try comedy, relatively late, in the 1970s.  He would appear on The Tonight Show over 150 times, as both a guest and a substitute host.  He died recently at the age of 78.  You can hear his conversation with Leonard from October 2003, about his book, I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup, about staging a comedy tour in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

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