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 ... more 
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. Comedian Richard Lewis said in a statement, "To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy, his passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced." Brenner was a regular on other TV talk shows and game shows and starred in four HBO comedy specials. less 
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