7:45pm PT by Jennifer Konerman, Natalie Stone
Late-Night Remembers Garry Shandling: Conan O'Brien, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon Pay Tribute
Late-night TV hosts took time to pay tribute to comedian Garry Shandling on their Thursday night episodes.
Conan O'Brien and Seth Meyers each dedicated a portion of time on their nightly programs to remembrances of the comedian, who passed away Thursday at the age of 66.
"I've had, I think, about three hours to process that Garry is gone and this just doesn't seem real," O'Brien said.
"He was a masterful writer, a performer who went on to create incredibly groundbreaking comedy shows that inspired an entire generation of comedians, myself included." But he added that he wants people to remember not only Shandling the comedian, but Shandling the person. "He was obviously hysterically funny, pretty much all the time, but he was also extremely sensitive, he was complicated and he had a ton of empathy for other people."
O'Brien also shared a story when "Garry just magically appeared" and helped him through his struggle after his Tonight Show ended at NBC. "I was at a real low point. He counseled me, he cheered me up, he told me jokes, he talked to me about philosophy."
On Late Night, Meyers reminisced about his days at SNL when fellow castmember Jason Sudeikis became popular because of his coveted VHS tapes of The Larry Sanders Show, which Meyers called "completely groundbreaking."
"You wanted to be friends with the guy who had the VHS tapes of The Larry Sanders Show — none of us could afford HBO, we were lucky to have a VCR," Meyers said, adding that he references Shandling's ongoing joke "Well, it's not Best of Larry," whenever a Late Night episode isn't quite up to par.
During Friday's episode of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon paid his respects to the late comedian and shared a clip of Shandling's first time on the late-night NBC program when it was hosted by Johnny Carson.
"One of the greatest comedians to ever live. He's just brilliant and his delivery and his timing and his subtle jokes, he was just the best. We just love him. I mean, he's one of the greatest stand up comedians ever," Fallon shared with his audience. "If you're thinking of getting into stand up comedy, or just like watching it, you can't go through without seeing Garry Shandling and studying this guy."
March 26, 8:32 a.m.: Updated with Tonight Show footage.