Photo Flash: Remembering David Brenner

Legendary stand-up comedian and long time Tonight Show favorite, David Brenner has passed away at the age of 78 on Saturday, March 15th after a battle with cancer. According to the comic's official web site Brenner died peacefully at his home in New York City surrounded by his family at his side. In Brenner's final request he asked that one hundred dollars in small bills be placed in his left sock, "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going." BroadwayWorld remembers the legend below.

Brenner was a writer, director or producer of 115 television documentaries and headed the documentary units of Westinghouse Broadcasting andMetromedia, winning nearly 30 awards including an Emmy, before moving to comedy.

After making his national television debut in 1971, on the The Tonight Show, he became the show's most frequent guest, with 158 appearances. He guest-hosted for Johnny Carson 75 times between 1975 and 1984, putting him fifth on the list of Carson's favorite and most frequent guest hosts.

Brenner released the comedy album Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper? on MCA Records in 1983. He has also written five books including Soft Pretzels With Mustard (1983), Revenge is the Best Exercise(1984), Nobody Ever Sees You Eat Tuna Fish (1986), If God Wanted Us to Travel... (1990), and I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter--Seriously (2003) which was also released as two audiobooks.

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Photo Flash: Remembering David Brenner
David Brenner in New York City, September 15, 1986

Photo Flash: Remembering David Brenner
David Brenner, Richard Belzer, Pat Benatar, Robin Williams and Neil Giraldo on August 17, 1982 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering David Brenner
Joe Piscopo, David Brenner, Richard Belzer, Pat Benatar, Robin Williams, Neil Giraldo and Rick Newman on August 17, 1982 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering David Brenner
Fozzie Bear and David Brenner in New York City 1986

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.