David Brenner

Launched to fame through "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC 1962-1992), stand-up David Brenner went onto become a staple of the talk show circuit thanks to a pioneering observational style which influenced a ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Modern Family 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask Rita 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

When Stand-Up Comics Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Victor Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Great American History Quiz: 50 States 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Outrageous -- Love 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Indivisible 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

David Brenner: Back With a Vengeance 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Kaufman: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Freddie Prinze: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

But Seriously '94 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comics Only 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

I Ask For Wonder: Experiencing God 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Worth Winning 1989 (Movie)

Celebrity Auctioneer (Actor)

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Ebony, Ivory and Jade (TV Show)

Actor

Nightlife (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Launched to fame through "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC 1962-1992), stand-up David Brenner went onto become a staple of the talk show circuit thanks to a pioneering observational style which influenced a generation of comics. Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1936, Brenner inherited his wry sense of his humor from his father, a former vaudeville performer named Lou Murphy who gave up his showbiz career to become a rabbi. But after serving two years in the U.S. Army and graduating from his hometown's Temple University with a degree in mass communication, Brenner initially focused his talents behind the scenes, writing, producing and directing over 115 television documentaries and winning over 30 awards, including an Emmy, in the process.

EDUCATION

Temple University

Milestones

2000

Records special "David Brenner: Back With A Vengeance" (HBO, 2000)

1986

Lands short-lived chat show, "Nightlife" (Syndication, 1986)

1983

Releases comedy album, <i>Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper?</i>

1970

Makes national TV debut on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" (CBS, 1962-1992)

Bonus Trivia

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Brenner asked to have $100 in small bills placed in his left sock after he died "in case tipping is recommended where I’m going," while his epitaph read, "If this is supposed to be a joke – then I don't get it!"

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