Following the passing of Garry Shandling on Thursday, we have heard a variety of different tributes … but few have had the same emotional impact as the one given by Conan O’Brien on his TBS show last night.
In the video below, you can see O’Brien give a fantastic tribute to the late, great “Larry Sanders Show” star and creator, explaining that following his gig on “The Tonight Show,” he was incredibly depressed and unsure as to what to do with the rest of his life. It was from here that he and his family made a trip out to Hawaii, where he discovered that Shandling was staying a few doors down. From there, he joked that he basically spent the rest of his time in the area with Shandling, and he helped him to get over the shock of what happened and allowed him to start to move forward with his life to a certain extent.
Obviously, Conan has since gone on to do some great things as the host of “Conan” on TBS, and has done the sort of pioneering things that Garry would be proud of. As he said in the video, though, his monologue was more about paying tribute to the person more so than the performer, who is probably the part of him that will receive the most love and appreciation over the course of the next few weeks.
What we’ll ultimately say here is this: You can generally tell the quality of a person in this industry by the amount of friends that they keep, and Shandling clearly had a number of great friends who are dearly missing him now. He will be very missed by all.
As we mentioned in our initial article, our thoughts and sympathy go out to all knew and loved Shandling.