Sunday, March 16, 2014


Let's say goodbye to David Brenner.  He hadn't been quite so prominent in recent years, but there was a time--in the 70s and 80s--when he was arguably the most popular stand-up around.  He was a mainstay on Johnny Carson and appeared on any other show that featured a comedian.

He was never able to translated this popularity into a sitcom or movie career, but who cared, so long as he made millions laugh.  (The joke I remember best, and one of his best-known, is where he's on the subway sitting on a newspaper, and someone asks him if he's reading it, and he says yes, stands up, turns a page, and sits back down.  In fact, his first album was entitled Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper?)


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