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7 Things You Didn't Know About The Great Garry Shandling

"What I want at my funeral is an actual boxing referee to do a count and, at five, just wave it off and say, 'He's not getting up.'"

On Thursday, comedian Garry Shandling died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Shandling was most known for his groundbreaking show "The Larry Sanders Show." Beloved by so many for his contributions to the comedy world, Shandling was also a pretty fascinating guy outside the entertainment sphere.

Here are some things you might not have known about the great Garry Shandling.

  • He helped a depressed Conan O'Brien get through losing "The Tonight Show."
  • He and David Duchovny were best friends.
  • His January episode of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is titled "It's Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive."
    "What I want at my funeral is an actual boxing referee to do a count and, at five, just wave it off and say, 'He's not g
    "What I want at my funeral is an actual boxing referee to do a count and, at five, just wave it off and say, 'He's not getting up.'"
  • He loved boxing and even co-owned a boxing gym with actor/director Peter Berg.
  • He was a huge basketball fan, and played regularly with David Duchovny, Kevin Nealon and Sarah Silverman.
  • He was a devout Buddhist, and even got to tell jokes to the Dalai Lama.
  • He came up with the joke in "The Bookstore" episode of "Seinfeld" where George takes a book into the bathroom.
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