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Garry Shandling: 1949-2016

03.24.2016

It's always tough to put one's feelings into words when confronted with tremendous loss, but I'll try to do my best upon hearing the news that we have lost yet another comedic genius who has entertained us for a number of years.

Garry Shandling has died at the age of 66.

Shandling has meant many different things to people over the years, but talking to any of his fans who now mourn the late comedian, the one thing that continues to come up is the inspiration he provided to them to explore themselves and find their own true voices through the ways he did that himself. 

His stand-up comedy was satirical and fearless. His two series, IT'S GARRY SHANDLING'S SHOW and THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW were creative and different, providing a forum for Shandling's brand of comedy to really shine among a television landscape that very rarely rewarded programs that operated so outside the box.

Some may only know of him from his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as U.S. Senator and HYDRA member Stern, but if that is the extent of your knowledge on Shandling's life and career, then you've been missing out and should start catching up on his other work.

Shandling was one of the all-time comedy greats, and he will certainly be missed. But his influence will live on in others who saw so much in his comedy stylings and tried to incorporate as best as they could into what they do now. That is how Garry Shandling will continue to live on.

Source: TMZ

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10:31AM on 03/28/2016

man...

he was my favorite hydra.
hail, hydra.
he was my favorite hydra.
hail, hydra.
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3:35PM on 03/25/2016

Conan O'Brien said it best about Garry Shandling

Conan tells a great and inspiring story about a time he spent with Garry Shandling after the disaster with NBC The Tonight Show. Conan also highlights an unforgettable moment from 2002 Emmys between Conan and Garry. Just as hilarious now as it was then. [link]
Conan tells a great and inspiring story about a time he spent with Garry Shandling after the disaster with NBC The Tonight Show. Conan also highlights an unforgettable moment from 2002 Emmys between Conan and Garry. Just as hilarious now as it was then. [link]
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2:29AM on 03/25/2016

Sigh

Hail Hydra Good Sir....Hail Hydra
Hail Hydra Good Sir....Hail Hydra
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8:11PM on 03/24/2016

Such A Shame...

when so many more could be so easily spared.

RIP my funny, funny friend. Thanks so much for the laughs and smiles over the years.
when so many more could be so easily spared.

RIP my funny, funny friend. Thanks so much for the laughs and smiles over the years.
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7:40PM on 03/24/2016
May you rest in peace, Mr. Shandling. I grew up watching him on HBO and lots of re-run. He was a comedic genius.
May you rest in peace, Mr. Shandling. I grew up watching him on HBO and lots of re-run. He was a comedic genius.
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7:29PM on 03/24/2016

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This is such sad news. Garry was comic genius and ahead of his time especially when it came to US television comedy. Condolences to his friends and family. RIP.
This is such sad news. Garry was comic genius and ahead of his time especially when it came to US television comedy. Condolences to his friends and family. RIP.
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7:23PM on 03/24/2016

Wait.

What? :(
What? :(
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6:51PM on 03/24/2016
Garry Shandling is a comedian I always meant to check out more of. I'd been aware of him since the late '90s when he was breaking into movies, but I can't say I'm all that familiar with his comedy from his heyday (The Larry Sanders Show is legendary, though, so even if I never watched it, I'm aware of its significance). Regardless, a man like this, who represents so much for so many, I completely identify with that loss. Maybe it's time I check the man's work out for real.
Garry Shandling is a comedian I always meant to check out more of. I'd been aware of him since the late '90s when he was breaking into movies, but I can't say I'm all that familiar with his comedy from his heyday (The Larry Sanders Show is legendary, though, so even if I never watched it, I'm aware of its significance). Regardless, a man like this, who represents so much for so many, I completely identify with that loss. Maybe it's time I check the man's work out for real.
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6:49PM on 03/24/2016

RIP

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Hail Hyrda
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6:26PM on 03/24/2016
Hail Hydra
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6:17PM on 03/24/2016
first Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest yesterday and now Garry Shandling. Feel like my generation is losing its pop culture icons at a dizzying rate. garry shandling was a staple in my household from the 80's all the way through the 90's in one form or another. He'll be missed. RIP Mr. Shandling.
first Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest yesterday and now Garry Shandling. Feel like my generation is losing its pop culture icons at a dizzying rate. garry shandling was a staple in my household from the 80's all the way through the 90's in one form or another. He'll be missed. RIP Mr. Shandling.
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