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Ed Solomon
I have been asked by a few people what were my favorite jokes written with/for Garry. There are a bunch that I love, but I think my favorites are my first, and my last. The first was from our very first writing session, in March of 1980. 1/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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It was what he and I referred to for decades as "the cow joke." Because literally 10 times a year, he would "joke" argue with me about who really "wrote" it. (Now that he's no longer here, I can say, officially, that it was, in fact, GARRY who made it funny.) 2/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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All I did was provide the premise. It was "You ever notice how when people drive down the street and see a cow on the side of the road, they roll down the window and go 'moo,' like they think the COW is thinking 'Hey, there's a cow driving that car.'" 3/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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And then Garry proceeded to add a series of tags, all of which were the big laughs on the joke. "How can he afford that? He's driving a Merceds, I'm out here eating grass.." etc. etc. He did it on his first Carson set - which was one of the highlights of my joke writing life. 4/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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Why this is particularly poignant to me is that the last time I saw him was in a restaurant in Santa Monica a few months before he died. And the truth is, I hand't actually spent time with him in a few years. (He was not always the best at, say, following up on phone calls). 5/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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And so when I saw him there (he didn't see me) I said to the waiter: "Do me a favor, go up to that guy there and tap him on the shoulder, and tell him you're a gigantic fan of the FIRST HALF of the cow joke." And he did. Garry laughed and turned around, and he came over. 6/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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We talked for a long time. And it was sad. Because he was kind of spinning. Trying to connect. He wasn't as clear as he'd always been, and he we talked about getting together. But - as had been the case with all the other times we'd talked about getting together.. 7/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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He couldn't commit to setting a time. We laughed about the fact that he couldn't commit to anything. Then he said "Actually that's not true - I DO in fact commit to things." He paused, then added: "Maybe you're right." I said "You can't even commit to whether you can commit." 8/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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He just looked at me and nodded, without laughing, and said "That's very funny." And that was the last thing he ever said to me. Damn. I just realized that THAT was the last thing he'd ever said. So that leads me to the last joke I ever wrote with him. It was 2003 or so. 9/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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We were in his kitchen. He was complaining that his friends all told him he had a problem with intimacy. I said "Yeah, but they don't really know you." And he looked at me. And then, while nodding and stroking his chin, said very seriously: "I'm laughing real hard right now." 10/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
Replying to @ed_solomon
But that one felt to me like the best joke I ever wrote for him. Maybe it's even the best joke I ever wrote. Mostly cause it really captured him. That nod meant everything to me. That nod. Damn. That nod. 11/11
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Eric Williams Mar 12
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Write. A. Memoir. Please.
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Worth Wollpert Mar 12
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Haha I snorted my iced tea just now. This was your plan, I’m sure.
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
Replying to @Eric_Williams_1
This makes me sort of cry a little. Thank you for saying that.
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
well i think it's cause they were the most potent for me. and you're right - it's probably the way we encode memory.. yeah
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Jenny Jaffe Mar 12
Replying to @ed_solomon
This is such an unbelievable story. Thank you. I love stories about artists paying it forward. Also not to be too much of a dork but I’m a huge fan of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and make everyone I know watch the theme song, which I believe to be the best in sitcom history.
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
Replying to @jennyjaffe
i can never get that theme out of my head
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Rick Mar 12
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I am laughing & crying & thinking all combined. Thanks for giving a glimpse into a man I really admired. This one thread may outweigh all the zillions of total crap tweets on twitter. Thanks man.
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
Replying to @RicknShira
hey thank you, rick. this really means a lot
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
Replying to @mtgworth
specifically - and ONLY - to get YOU to do it. well played, me
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