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Tonight Show favorite David Brenner dies at 78

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Comedian David Brenner passed away Saturday, a spokesman for his family said. He was 78.

Jeff Abraham, who was Brenners publicist, said the Tonight Show favorite died Saturday afternoon at his home in New York City.

The gangly, toothy Brenner made more than 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on Johnny Carsons Tonight Show, starting in the 1970s.

The exposure turned the former documentary filmmaker into a hot comedian.

Brenner was a regular on other TV talk shows and game shows and starred in four HBO comedy specials. He also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987.

Howard Stern tweeted about Brenner Saturday following the news of his passing, saying Keep David in your thoughts. Great guy who was always encouraging and in my corner. I am so sad.

Brenner continued to work steadily doing standup shows. A four-day gig last December included a New Years Eve show at a casino-resort in King of Prussia, Pa.

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