THE ZEN DI­ARIES OF GARRY SHANDLING

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - THE WEEK’S TOP SHOWS - – Holly Byrnes

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TO a cer­tain gen­er­a­tion, Garry Shandling was as in­flu­en­tial a comic as Jerry Se­in­feld or Mel Brooks. He was a sharp writer on The Tonight Show and a stand-up comic of re­pute be­fore star­ring in his own TV series. His sud­den death at 66 three years ago has deeply af­fected those who saw him as a hero and men­tor, in­clud­ing Judd Apa­tow, who cre­ated this doc­u­men­tary tribute, in­ter­view­ing his many A-list fans, as well as draw­ing on Shandling’s own di­aries as he at­tempted to find mean­ing in his life. Jim Car­rey re­calls re­con­nect­ing with Shandling in the weeks be­fore his pass­ing from a pul­monary em­bolism, in awe of his tal­ent but moved by the kind man he was in­side. “He could, on the spot, in the mo­ment, have a thought and by the time it went from his brain to his mouth it was a fully-formed joke like no­body else could do.” While this spe­cial is a bi­og­ra­phy of Shandling, it also tells you a lot about those in­ter­viewed like Car­rey, and the ca­ma­raderie that ex­ists in this com­edy com­mu­nity.

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