Friday, April 12, 2024

Comic David Brenner Dies: “He’s Now Making the Devil Laugh” Tweets Joan Rivers


David Brenner–he died today at 78 from what’s being reported as an aggressive cancer. His best pal was Joan Rivers. She tweeted:

Brenner was the coolest and the funniest. He was a huge star in the 60s and 70s. In the 80s he had a short lived syndicated talk show featuring Billy Preston as the band leader. The show filmed in New York; I went to it several times. It was almost too good a talk show, and it couldn’t survive. RIP David, you were one of the very very best.

David Brenner’s debut on Johnny Carson:

with Joan Rivers on the Tonight show:

with Billy Preston and Aretha Franklin on his talk show:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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