Comedian David Brenner, ‘Tonight’ favorite, dies

March 15, 2014 • Entertainment

This 1979 photo released by the Las Vegas News Bureau shows David Brenner and Lesley Ann Warren at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. A spokesman for the family of Brenner says the “Tonight Show” favorite has died. He was 78. Brenner died Saturday March 15, 2014, at his home in New York City, said Jeff Abraham, who was Brenner’s publicist. (AP Photo/ Las Vegas News Bureau)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Brenner, the lanky, toothy-grinned “Tonight Show” favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standups, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, died Saturday. He was 78.

Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side, according to Jeff Abraham, his friend and publicist.

“David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing. To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy,” comedian Richard Lewis said in a statement. “He mentored me from day one. … His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced.”

The tall, thin and always sharply dressed Brenner became one of the most frequent visitors to Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” in the 1970s and ’80s.

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