David Brenner (1936-2014) was a comic that appeared on talk and game shows between presentations of his standup act.
He grew up in a place where success is often an elusive thought – impoverished South Philadelphia. . Actually, he started out much like TV’s “Fresh Prince of Belaire”. However, Brenner did not have an Uncle Phil to move in with. Despite that, Brenner believed in himself.
After serving in the military Brenner began to write for television documentaries and often would produce and direct them. But his heart was on comedy, an extremely difficult field to enter, much less become successful.
His humor centered on everyday situations much as if he was a forerunner to Jerry Seinfeld. In fact, it is first nationally televised appearance on The Tonight Show his routine pointed out that men never ask for directions.
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Other examples included his insight into finding lost things. “Why do people say it was in the last place I looked?” Brenner lamented, “Who finds something and then keeps looking?”
He once remarked that someone came up to him on the New York subway commenting on the newspaper upon which Brenner was sitting.
“Are you reading that?” the man asked him. He says he informed the man that yes he was in fact reading it, stood up to turn the page and sat back down again.
Brenner’s humor also helped shape the baby boomer generation with practical advice. Brenner said that if someone were making a man on a telephone conversation all you had to do was to start ranting back at them and hang up in the middle of one of your sentences. He pointed out, “who would ever believe young up on yourself?”