The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling - Garry Shandling Documentary Trailer

Next month will mark two years since we lost comedian Garry Shandling all too soon at the age of 66. But rather than stewing about it this whole time, director Judd Apatow decided to pay tribute to the comedian who brought us fantastic stand-up comedy, The Larry Sanders Show, and a memorable senator turned Hydra agent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And he did it with a film.

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is a new documentary coming to HBO from director Judd Apatow. And since Apatow has a long history with some of the greatest names in comedy, the line-up of talking heads you’ll see in this Garry Shandling documentary trailer is impressive as hell. Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien are just some of the talents who turned up to remember Shandling’s life and comedic legacy. Read More »

Dying Laughing Trailer - Chris Rock

Following the trailer for the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, we have a look at another fascinating glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy, this time one from the real world.

Dying Laughing is a new documentary that feels like it should have been called I’m Dying Up Here, because it features one-on-one interviews with stand-up comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Cedric The Entertainer, Russell Peters, the late Garry Shandling and more, all talking about their worst experiences on stage. These are the times when the bombed, died, crashed and all the other words which describe the worst thing that can happen to a comedian on stage: not getting laughs.

Watch the Dying Laughing trailer below. Read More »

Garry Shandling Basketball

Sadly, last week brought news that iconic comedian Garry Shandling had passed away suddenly at 66 years old. The longtime stand-up comedian  and creator/star of The Larry Sanders Show has influenced some of the top comedians working today, and he counts among his friends some of the best in the business.

As a way of saying goodbye, over three dozen of them gathered as Shandling’s house for one last game of pick-up basketball on the comedian’s home court, something he was very fond of doing while he was alive and well. See a photo of everyone gathered for the honorary Garry Shandling basketball game after the jump. Read More »

Comedian Garry Shandling Has Died at 66

Garry Shandling Died

Some sad news comes out of nowhere today as influential comedian and writer Garry Shandling, star of The Larry Sanders Show, has passed away at 66 years old. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that Garry Shandling died at a Los Angeles hospital but the exact cause of death has not been revealed at this time, though it is known he had some sort of medical emergency today which led to his death.

We remember the work of Garry Shandling below. Read More »

Los Angeles film goers get a little more spoiled this week as the Cinefamily is hosting The 1st Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival. Federman is one of those classic “that guy” actors everyone knows and he came up with the idea to get a bunch of famous stand-up comedians to pick films that inspire them, introduce, screen and talk about them. So that’s what going to happen starting Thursday. The line up is pretty insane. How about:

  • Garry Shanding introducing The King of Comedy
  • Margaret Cho introducing Darling
  • Paul F. Tompkins introducing Topsy Turvy
  • Doug Benson making fun of Cocktail
  • Kevin Pollak introducing The In-Laws
  • Andy Kindler introducing Modern Romance

The festival runs from January 12-14. For information on all the films, and to buy tickets, head to the Cinefamily’s official website.

iron man 2 garry shandling on set

Yesterday we told you that comedian/actor Garry Shandling had been cast in Iron Man 2, either as a reporter or Senator. Shandling responded on Twitter about the internet confussion over his role in the film, saying “I can’t wait to see the movie to see who I actually play.” It turns out that he is playing a character named Senator Stern. Pacific Coast News caught Shandling on set dressed in a shirt and a tie, no wonder he was mistaken for “a reporter”.

Update: Gary Oldman‘s Manager has dismissed rumors that the Dark Knight star has been cast in Iron Man 2: “Mr Oldman has not visited the set of Iron Man and there are currently no plans for him to appear in an Iron Man film. I hope this clears up the recent rumors.” [coventrytelegraph]

IESB has gotten word that another Gary has joined the cast, jumping from last year’s blockbuster DC Comic Book film The Dark Knight to the Marvel sequel. That’s right, none other than police commissioner Jim Gordon himself – Gary Oldman. So who does Oldman play in the Iron Man 2? We’re not sure just yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out later this week.

Garry Shandling Cast in Iron Man 2

garry shandling iron man

When Jon Favreau described the first day of principal photography on Iron Man 2 as “It’s like we picked up where we left off” he wasn’t kidding. IESB has learned that the scene that was shot is a continuation of the final scene of the first Iron Man film, where Tony Stark reveals to the world that “I Am Iron Man.” We can only assume that the new scene opens the sequel.

Earlier this week, Robert Downey Jr revealed that comedian/actor Garry Shandling had been cast in the film.  Shandling plays either a reporter or Senator (I know, big difference — chances are he wears a suit) and appears in the extended sequence.