Comedian David Brenner Has the Last Laugh with Last Will and Testament

By: May. 20, 2014
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David Brenner, who died in March of cancer at 78, got the last laugh by writing a last will and testament that reads, "All I want is a small stone on the grave site with these words; 'Here lies David Brenner. He lived, he died, but MAN DID HE LIVE!'' The will also read, "On the flip side I want 'If this is supposed to be a joke - I don't get it.' "

Brenner wrote the will in 2006. In it he leaves everything to his three children, except for $500,000 he gives to fashion designer Kenneth Cole. Herb Nass, the lawyer who filed the will, said, "Kenneth Cole is a remarkably generous and charitable man who was a close friend of David Brenner's." Brenner did not mention his ex-wife nor the mother of his oldest son, nor his widow Ruth in the document.

Brenner, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, wrote, "I desire to be buried in or as close to New York City as possible, because this is the city of my dreams, my best times, my heart and my life."

He continued to say, "I request a very modest burial, no fancy box, no pillow (you think at a time like this I'm worried about a headache?), no special suit (jeans and nice shirt will be fine, but make sure my high-top sneakers are tied properly)." and went on to say, "Place one hundred dollars in small bills in my left sock (just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going)."

Brenner appeared on "The Tonight Show" over 150 times and was a mentor to younger comics. On that matter, Brenner wrote, "I give my full permission to any comedians who may think of a funny line while at the funeral to use it in his act, for I know how difficult it is to write good material. However, if any comedians are overheard doing any of my lines at the funeral, they are to be put in the box with me."

In the "Personal Farewell" section, Brenner wrote, "To those who have been kind to me and have loved me, I thank you. To those who were not kind to me and didn't love me, I hope you're next!"

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