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David Brenner

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 6: Comedian David Brenner performs at the Gala Concert where his friend, Bill Cosby, Ed.D. was presented with the Marian Anderson Award April 6, 2010, at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marian Anderson Award honors artists whose leadership on behalf of a humanitarian cause(s) or issue benefits society. Previous recipients include Maya Angelou and Norman Lear (2008), Richard Gere (2007), Sidney Poitier (2006), Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (2005), Oprah Winfrey (2003), Danny Glover (2002), Quincy Jones (2001), Elizabeth Taylor (2000), Gregory Peck (1999), and Harry Belafonte, (1998). No Award was given in 2004 or 2009. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Comedian David Brenner, ‘Tonight’ Favorite, Dies

David Brenner, the gangly, toothy-grinned “Tonight Show” favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standup comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, died Saturday. He was 78.

03/15/2014