Veteran comedian and a popular figure of ‘The Tonight Show’, David Brenner has died at the age of 78. The comedian was battling with cancer for some time and died peacefully at his home in NYC. He has left behind his wife Ruth, three sons Cole, Wyatt, Slade and his grandson Wesley. His friend and publicist Jeff Abraham has confirmed the news.
David Brenner was one of the first comics to take the newspaper and make it funny. I remember a commercial for one of his HBO specials where he held a USA Today and said that’s where he gets his material. I also remember a Sunday night sometime in the nineties when Davis Brenner took the stage at ‘The Laff House‘ in Philadelphia and did his whole show reading from a stack of newspapers and making it hysterical. Just like he always done.
David Brenner was supposed to perform at the Broadway Theatre in Pittman on March 1st but had to cancel because he was ill. I was looking forward to not only working with him but hanging backstage with my “friend” and hearing more stories from him. David had a way of making the whole audience feel like his friend.
Suzy Yengo, who owns the Catch A Rising Star comedy club chain says “I had the privilege of working with the legendary David Brenner many times at Catch A Rising Star. He lived comedy. His stories about Catch in the olden days, Johnny Carson and so many industry people kept me in tears of laughter.”
“His physical stature was appropriate as he towered over most comics with his integrity and finesse.