It’s been a rough few months of 2016 after the tragic deaths of several cultural icons.
The Love creator partnered with HBO to organize the private event on Sunday night to remember The Larry Sanders Show star with friends and family.
The El Lay event was part memorial service, part variety show, and part celebrity roast — featuring everyone from fellow comics to a Buddhist monk!
Apatow, who was a writer on The Larry Sanders Show, served as master of ceremonies, telling the mourners/audience:
“Garry and I used to fight, because he would like to tighten things up. And I would say, ├óΓé¼╦£Garry, please, let it be a little looser.’ Tonight I win.”
The 40 Year Old Virgin director introduced musical performances from Ryan Adams, Mark Oliver Everett from the band Eels, and Adam Sandler — who closed the night with a cover of George Harrison‘s Give Me Love.
The service opened with a sketch featuring Larry Sanders alumni Jeffrey Tambor and Penny Johnson-Jerald channeling their former characters as they bickered over where in the lineup of speakers the Transparent star would appear.
Throughout the night, friends and collaborators took to the stage to share personal stories of Shandling’s life, including his Buddhist teachings and practices. Brooke Shields remembered Shandling’s backstage visits to her plays, in which he would have a heartfelt discussion about her performance.
Sarah Silverman reminisced about the 18 years she spent as a regular in Sunday pick-up basketball games at Shandling’s house, a tradition several close friends of the late comedian recently honored with a final pick up game.
“All the things he learned the hard way, he offered to me wrapped up in a bow, and there are so many here tonight who can say that. He made us feel so loved and supported and mirrored with the best lighting. He gave with his whole being. He was the Giving Tree.”
Not only was he a comic genius, but it’s clear Garry had a kind soul and was beloved by all those who were close to him.
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