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Comedian Garry Shandling Dead at 66: Report

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LOS ANGELES – Comedian Garry Shandling, best known for his work in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show, died Thursday, according to TMZ.

TMZ reported Shandling’s death, saying he died in a Los Angeles hospital.

“The 66-year-old star was not suffering from any illness … as far as we know … so, it appears this was sudden. A source connected to Shandling says he was healthy and speaking to people on Thursday morning,” TMZ stated.

Shandling wore many hats in the entertaining industry, including writing for sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He frequently guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and created It’s Garry Shandling’s Show for Showtime before The Larry Sanders Show on HBO.

His jokes

The man whose standard quip was “After making love, I said to my girl, ‘Was it good for you too?’ And she said, ‘I don’t think this was good for anybody’ ” was the king of self-deprecation and observational humor. Here are just a few of his funny bits.

On traveling

“I’m not thrilled about flying. … The planes are aged now. As if we don’t have enough problems to worry about. Now we don’t know how old the airplanes are, and there’s really no way for us to tell, ’cause we’re laymen. I figure, if the plane smells like your grandmother’s house, get out. That’s where I draw the line.”

On love

“When I’m not in a relationship, I shave one leg, so when I sleep, it feels like I’m with a woman.”

On sex

“I once made love for an hour and 15 minutes, but it was the night the clocks are set ahead.”

On immigration

“I’m not against a Mexican taking my job. I wish George Lopez was here right now to take over.”

On eating healthy

“I had an avocado and wood sandwich and some pigeon milk. It was great. I went outside and went to the bathroom on the windshield of my car.”

On comedy in Los Angeles versus comedy in New York

“Usually, like in L.A., you got to go into a nightclub to try jokes. Here, you walk into Central Park, you just say something out loud, and someone goes ‘ummmmm, Charlie Rose. Do that on Charlie Rose.’ “

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