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David Brenner, 'Tonight Show' favorite, dies

Legendary stand-up comedian David Brenner died of cancer Saturday at the age of 78, his publicist said in a statement.Brenner made dozens of appearances as a guest and filled in as a host on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” beginning in the 1970s. He also starred in four HBO comedy specials and appeared in countless other TV shows.He also produced and directed dozens of television documentarie
David Brenner appearing on \"The Midnight Special\" in 1973.NBC / Today

Legendary stand-up comedian David Brenner died of cancer Saturday at the age of 78, his publicist said in a statement.

Brenner made dozens of appearances as a guest and filled in as a host on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” beginning in the 1970s. He also starred in four HBO comedy specials and appeared in countless other TV shows.

He also produced and directed dozens of television documentaries.

Brenner died peacefully at his home in New York surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his three sons, Cole, Wyatt and Slade, and his grandson, Wesley.

His publicist said Brenner's final request was that $100 in small bills be placed in his left sock "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going."

His final resting spot will read, "If this is supposed to be a joke — then I don't get it!"