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Yet another story about the kindness and generosity of Garry Shandling

Before Judd Apatow's Garry Shandling documentary premieres on HBO later this month, friends and family have been offered screeners. After writer/comedian Ed Solomon watched the doc, he shared a heartwarming story about how he met Shandling and how their friendship changed his life.
Ed Solomon Mar 12
It took me five false starts and four full weeks before I could brace myself to watch 's moving, funny, intimate, loving documentary about Garry Shandling. Even typing this now makes me emotional. See, I met Garry when I was 19. 1/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
Replying to @ed_solomon
I was performing amateur comedy with the UCLA Comedy Club, and he was the professional headliner. He asked me if I wanted to be a writer. I said yes. He then pointed to 2 jokes (out of my entire set) and set "After I work, let's go for coffee, and I'll tell you why... 2/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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.. you should throw everything else out and build out from these." And he asked me if I'd be interested in writing with him. He told me that George Carlin had done the same for him when HE was first starting, and he really wanted to do the same for others. 3/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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He was a friend, a coach, and a mentor. He introduced me to a producer friend of his, Marc Sotkin, who came to see a play I wrote and hired me on my first job. I worked on Garry's first TV Show, where I met some of the funniest people I've ever had the honor to know. 4/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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He spoke at my wedding, but he didn't finish his entire speech because he got a huge laugh 3/4ths of the way through and abruptly ended it. He struggled in his life - in a lot of ways. But one of the places he took great joy was in seeing others succeed. 5/
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
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He was the first pro to see my potential, and to help me to see it myself. I will always be forever grateful to him. And I will always do everything I can to keep that lineage alive. If you have a chance, check out Judd's doc. I think you'll really get a sense of who he was. 6/6
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gg πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰ Mar 12
conclusion: we need more people like gary
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Barry Freed Mar 12
Replying to @ed_solomon @JuddApatow
So what happened to the two jokes from your set that Larry loved so much?
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Ed Solomon Mar 12
I kept em, for a couple months.. and then outgrew even those
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Pegeen D. Mar 12
Replying to @ed_solomon @JuddApatow
Garry was one of my very favorite comedians, thank you for sharing. I have always heard that he was an absolutely wonderful and generous man.
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HBO Documentaries Feb 22
A remarkable portrait of an iconic comedian.Β  Directed by , , a two-part documentary, premieres March 26 & March 27 on .
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