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The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018)

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Judd Apatow presents an emotional two-part in-depth look at the life, career and complex internal struggles of his loving mentor, the influential stand-up comedian and actor Garry Shandling, based on Shandling's personal diaries.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Shandling ... Himself
Judd Apatow ... Himself
Kevin Nealon ... Himself - Comedian
Mike Shandling Mike Shandling ... Himself - Garry's Cousin
Eric Cohen Eric Cohen ... Himself - Producer, Welcome Back Kotter
Merrill Markoe Merrill Markoe ... Herself - Writer
Gavin de Becker ... Himself - Friend / Author (as Gavin DeBecker)
Lewis Smith ... Himself - Friend / Actor
John Markus John Markus ... Himself - Writer, The Larry Sanders Show
Jim Carrey ... Himself - Actor
Bob Saget ... Himself - Comedian
Dave Coulier ... Himself - Comedian
Jay Leno ... Himself - Comedian / Talk Show Host
Chuck Schumacher Chuck Schumacher ... Himself - Garry's Friend
Bruce Grayson ... Himself - Friend / Makeup Artist
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Garry Shandling passed away in 2016, leaving behind legions of fans and peers who remember him as a top stand-up comic and star of two of the most groundbreaking sitcoms in TV history. One of those people is director/executive producer Judd Apatow , who pays tribute to his friend and mentor by creating this four-and-a-half hour documentary. Intimately revealing and detailed, "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018)" includes conversations with more than 40 of Shandling's family members and friends, among them James L. Brooks, Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jon Favreau, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman. There are also decades' worth of TV appearances, along with personal journals, private letters and candid home audio and video footage that depict Shandling in a fascinating, funny, sad and, above all, completely authentic way. Written by Jwelch5742

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26 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Thank you Judd for honoring Garry!!!
30 March 2018 | by rssrsvpSee all my reviews

Judd Apatow remembered and honored his friend and mentor with this touching documentary where you could really feel and see the love from all he came in contact with during his career. I remember growing up and seeing Garry when he appeared on the Tonight Show and couldn't believe when he walked away from it. One of my all-time favorite HBO series was the Larry Sanders Show which for lack of a better description was sheer genius!

Simply put, Garry Shandling was an amazing performer who left us too soon and considered by many one of the best comedians ever to grace the stage and entertain us. Judd, you brought tears to my eyes when I watched this HBO special. Thank you for remembering and honoring Garry Shandling in such a manner!


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