Comedians React To Garry Shandling's Death On Social Media
The world lost another good one today. Comedian, actor and creator of The Larry Sanders Show Garry Shandling died Thursday at the age of 66 years old. The circumstances of his death are unclear at this point, but entertainment website TMZ reported that a 911 call was made at Shandling's home on Thursday. and that he passed later at a Los Angeles area hospital. As the news spread, comedians everywhere began to react to Shandling's death on social media, tweeting and posting condolences and support.
Garry Shandling made a name for himself in Hollywood as something of a visionary from the start. His dry wit, his deadpan delivery and frequently unruly hairstyles made him an unlikely star in the eighties, as well as a strong inspiration to comedians looking to follow in his footsteps. Beyond his stand-up, his guest appearances as a talk show host on The Tonight Show and various acting roles, he created two critically-acclaimed television shows — It's Garry Shandling's Show (1986-1990), and The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998).
He created a new genre with these shows, an unreal sort of reality show that was dry and witty and true. The Larry Sanders Show, in particular, paved the way for a new type of television show we hadn't seen before. The HBO comedy paved the way for shows like The Office, Arrested Development, and Curb Your Enthusiasm to name a few. For that, and for so much more, comedians have been turning to social media to offer their condolences, their respect... and their thanks:
Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 24, 2016
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) March 24, 2016
The great Garry Shandling's work is such a touchstone for me that I was actually discussing him moments before I heard the sad news. RIP— Stephen Merchant (@StephenMerchant) March 24, 2016
RIP GARRY SHANDLING— Laugh Factory (@TheLaughFactory) March 24, 2016
Thanks for all of the laughs and reminding us that nice guys do finish first. pic.twitter.com/eK8OIhKMh8
At 19 I snuck into the ICEHOUSE and saw Garry Shandling. Articulate, relaxed and hilarious, I left and thought, I should go back to pizza — Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) March 24, 2016
Gary Shandling was a comedy hero of mine. He once sent me a thank you note that read, "Thanks for nothing." RIP https://t.co/DmCy2JZcGj— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) March 24, 2016
If you are any sort of fan of modern comedy then Garry Shandling had profound influence on your life whether you knew it or not.— Lewis Kay (@lewiskay) March 24, 2016
R.I.P. Garry Shandling. I am so saddened to hear this. Brilliantly funny and such a great guy. He will be so missed.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was one of my absolute favourites and ahead of his time. So sad.— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) March 24, 2016
Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh. I loved him. I'll miss our talks the most. pic.twitter.com/Ud8AQXNBXN— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 24, 2016
So many artists have cited Shandling as one of their inspirations. Filmmaker, writer, producer, and star maker Judd Apatow had this to say in a recent profile he wrote (about himself) for Esquire about working for Shandling as a writer on The Larry Sanders Show:
Other comedians who have happily followed in Shandling's footsteps are Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, and Jon Stewart. Gervais interviewed Shandling in 2006 for a British documentary and told him he was an inspiration. What followed was pure, unequivocal, cringe-worthy comic genius.
R.I.P. Garry Shandling.— tonedasilva (@tonedasilva) March 24, 2016
Ricky Gervais Meets... Garry Shandling - The Highlights https://t.co/NO9v4cWAbx
Most recently, Shandling met with Jerry Seinfeld for Seinfeld's hit internet series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The title of the episode? "It's Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive." And it really, really was great that he was still alive. Do yourselves a favor tonight. Watch this interview, especially if you've never seen any of Shandling's stand-up. And marvel at the comedian who once was.