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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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Outstanding truth!
27 March 2018 | by jameslewisactorSee all my reviews

The late comedian Garry Shandling was, without a doubt, funny. Sometimes falling-down funny, sometimes cringeworthy-funny. But always engaging. This documentary produced by his friend and writer Judd Apatow is outstanding. It's not fawning. But it gives a touching, honest inside view of the creative process. It's in 2 parts and it's long but not at all boring. I can always tell when a show is dragging because my butt starts to hurt. This didn't hurt my butt one bit.


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