Garry Shandling: 10 Best TV Moments

From his first 'Tonight Show' appearance to talking about his funeral with Jerry Seinfeld

'The Garry Shandling Show 25th Anniversary Special' (1986)

The same year that Shandling launched the meta-sitcom It's Garry Shandling's Show and became a repeat guest host on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, he upped the ante further: starring in his own Carson-style faux–25th anniversary special for Showtime. "It's so wonderful, 25 years," he said in the opening monologue. "I'm nervous. Twenty-five years has been a long time. I never thought we'd make it this far." It's like an in-joke to an in-joke to a future in-joke (The Larry Sanders Show), yet Shandling delivered it with aplomb and made viewers feel like they were in on the gag. Segments include include a censored flashback with Mr. Ed, an interview with Donny Osmond ("He's been on the show many times") and requisite jokes about Shandling's hair and future unemployment. KG

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