Famed stand-up comedian David Brenner, who was a favorite on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," died Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 78. 

Comedian David Brenner Dead at 78
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Brenner appeared on "The Tonight Show" more than 150 times. He gained traction through his anecdotes about his daily life and current events.

David began his career in entertainment as a writer of television documentaries. In the early 1970s he started performing stand-up comedy, and in 1986 landed his own late-night syndicated talk show "Nightlife." 

Brenner's family said in a statement, “In David’s final request he asked that one hundred dollars in small bills be placed in his left sock ‘just in case tipping is recommended where I’m going.'”

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