NEW YORK - David Brenner, a stand-up comedian who appeared regularly on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," died on Saturday in New York, a family spokesman said. He was 78.
Brenner, who had been battling cancer and performed most recently on New Year's Eve, passed away at his home in New York surrounded by his family, publicist Jeff Abraham said.
The Pennsylvania native appeared on "The Tonight Show" more than 150 times and was known for poking fun at the commonplace aspects of life.
The late David Brenner on location with me in 1979. Man what a loss. Treat your pals like gold. pic.twitter.com/gWrrS8okgK— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) March 16, 2014
Brenner said his last wish was that $100 in small bills be placed in his left sock "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going," according to the publicist.
R.I.P. David Brenner. I will always remember the laughs and your incredibly generous spirit. It was an honor to have you in my life.— Alan Zweibel (@AlanZweibel) March 15, 2014
Abraham said Brenner's final resting spot will carry the epitaph: "If this is supposed to be a joke - then I don't get it!"