The death of comedy legend Garry Shandling at age 66 has come as a sudden shock and there has been quite an intense outpouring of reactions on Twitter from fellow comedians and celebrities alike. Many paid tribute to the innovative creator of ‘It’s Garry Shandling Show’ and ‘The Larry Sanders Show.’ Here’s a roundup of what is being said.
It was TMZ that first broke the news that Garry Shandling had been rushed to the a hospital in L.A. where he died. The site claimed the cause was a massive heart attack and that as recently as that morning, he had been in touch with people and apparently healthy. The LAPD confirmed his death but not the cause, as other news outlets picked up the story.
Shocking news to say the least, and once we collectively realized that this was not one a social media death hoax but instead a sad reality, the response worldwide was immense.
For decades, Garry Shandling had been a trailblazer, dating back to his first major sitcom, the 1980s Showtime series, “It’s Garry Shandling Show’ which was brilliant and innovative for its time, dispensing with the usual accoutrements of sitcoms, such as the laugh track, and instead, becoming a meta-comedy show, breaking down the fourth wall.
He continued his innovations with the HBO series ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ in the 1990s as it was a searing send-up of the world of late-night television talk shows.
Comedians and critics alike cite him as a major influence in comedy and television, with his visionary work seen as the harbinger of more recent comedy hits such as ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ’30 Rock’ among others.
He was recently seen in an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s popular Web series ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ in an episode, titled, ‘It’s Great that Garry Shandling Is Still Alive,’ which now, in retrospect is especially bittersweet, not least for its title, of course, but also for Shandling’s discussion of his mortality and funeral.
Fellow comedians as well as the entertainment community as a whole have taken to Twitter especially, our instantaneous virtual town square at such times, to express shock, sadness and condolences. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
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
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) 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
Not Garry Shandling!!!!!! A treasure!!!!!! How sad.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 24, 2016
Oh my ..GOD will laugh now as he never has Before REST IN PEACE .. Wayyyy to soon https://t.co/c5T4O6kBHg
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) March 24, 2016
He was as deep as he was funny. I wanted Garry Shandling to live forever and I somehow thought he would.
— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) March 24, 2016
R.I.P. Garry Shandling. I’m so shocked and saddened. He was brilliantly funny, and so kind to me.
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) March 24, 2016
RIP the great Garry Shandling. Surely, one of the most influential comedians of a generation.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 24, 2016
Nooooo!!! I love Garry Shandling. So sad!! #pioneer
— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 24, 2016
Dammit. He was the best. So sad. RIP Garry Shandling
— marc maron (@marcmaron) March 24, 2016
Heartbreaking news about Garry Shandling. Just heartbreaking.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling is one of the great teachers in my life. He taught me about subtext, honesty, compassion, the best kind of comedy. Much love
— Mary Lynn Rajskub (@MaryLynnRajskub) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was a very special comedian with a beautifully unpredictable mind. He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) March 24, 2016
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) March 24, 2016
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
I’m both shocked & saddened at the passing of Garry Shandling. He’ll forever remain a comedic legend. #RIP
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) March 24, 2016
Can’t believe that I just heard Garry Shandling died. I’m shattered.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 24, 2016
This Garry Shandling news is devastating.
— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling, you came to an early promotional screening of CYRUS and hung w/me & @jayduplass afterwards at PF Changs. Thank you.
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) March 24, 2016
Absolutely can’t process the loss of Garry Shandling. Such a genius, such a wonderful man, such an inspiration. I was so honored to know him
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 24, 2016
I can’t…….. https://t.co/zMMX17Rb5X
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) March 24, 2016
Reactions to the death are ongoing as #GarryShandling and #RIPGarryShandling hashtags are trending on Twitter, Instagram and other social media. Fans, comedy stars and celebrities pay tribute to the comedy icon we have lost much, much too soon.
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