Garry Shandling: 10 Best TV Moments

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

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Meet Larry: 'The Larry Sanders Show' (1992)

Shandling's regular stint as the guest host on The Tonight Show helped hone his late-night talk show chops — NBC actually offered him Letterman's 12:30am slot when Dave jumped ship — but the comic would end putting that skill set not to take over a franchise, but to deconstruct the whole damned game. From 1992 to 1994, The Larry Sanders Show cast co-creator Shandling as a fictional TV personality that was both a valentine to Carson, et al. and the funniest critique of that chatting-with-celebrity gig ever. He had his own catch phrase ("No flipping!"), his own obsequious Ed McMahon-style sidekick (Jeffrey Tambor's "Hey Now" Hank Kingsley" is a genuinely genius creation) and any number of neuroses and backstage shenanigans. The show's pilot lays it all out and set the tone beautifully. For six season, there would be no flipping. DF

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