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Comedy legend Garry Shandling passes away at age 66

His show was a foundation for '30 Rock' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Mar 24, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:14 am CDT

Comedian and actor Garry Shandling has passed away in Los Angeles at age 66, according to TMZ. 

Shandling is perhaps best known for The Larry Sanders Show, a satire of Hollywood and late-night TV that ran from 1992-1998 on HBO and starred Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, Transparent) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), among others. It was a precursor to entertainment business-based comedies like Extras30 Rock, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His scenes with Tambor were some of the best. 

In the wake of the news, people have been sharing quotes from Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow, a former writer on The Larry Sanders Show. Apatow snuck in a tribute to Shandling into Freaks and Geeks

Comedians have been reacting to his passing on Twitter

Shandling was very active on Twitter, where his sense of humor and timing was still laser-focused. 

He was also recently on an episode of friend Jerry Seinfeld‘s webseries, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The title: “It’s Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive.” 

The cause of death has not yet been announced. 

Screengrab via Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee 

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*First Published: Mar 24, 2016, 7:37 pm CDT