(Via Hollywood Reporter)
David Brenner, the wry stand-up comic and pundit from Philadelphia who as a favorite of Johnny Carson appeared more times on The Tonight Show than any other guest, died Saturday. He was 78.
His longtime publicist Jeff Abraham confirmed Brenner's death from cancer to The Hollywood Reporter. "Brenner died peacefully at his home in NYC surrounded by his family at his side," read Abraham's statement.
By one estimate, the perpetually grinning Brenner appeared on The Tonight Show 158 times and guest-hosted the NBC late-night show on a handful of other occasions when Carson took time off.
One book says he made more talk-show appearances than any other guest in history.
Said comic Richard Lewis in a tweet: "Brenner was a star. The king of 'hip, observational comedy' … He was family. This leaves an irreplaceable hole."