LOS ANGELES (March 15 2014) Comedian David Brenner, a "Tonight Show" favorite, died Saturday afternoon at his home in New York City at the age of 78, said Jeff Abraham, who was Brenner's publicist.
The gangly, toothy Brenner made more than 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," starting in the 1970s.
His "Tonight" exposure turned the former documentary filmmaker into a hot comedian.
He was a regular on other TV talk shows and game shows and starred in four HBO comedy specials.
He also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987.
Brenner continued to work steadily doing standup show.
A four-day gig last December included a New Year's Eve show at a casino-resort in King of Prussia, Pa.