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David Brenner, Johnny Carson’s Favorite Comic, Dies at 78

David Brenner, a comedian who found humor in the minutiae of life and its oddities and became one of the biggest comics of his generation, died today (Mar. 15) at his home in Manhattan. He was 78. Brenner, who was a staple on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, regularly toured college campuses and starred in HBO comedy specials, always considered himself a stand-up comic....

Phyllis Diller, Pioneer of Female Standup Comedy, Dies at 95

Phyllis Diller, who pioneered the way for female stand-up comics and has a multi-faceted career that included Las Vegas, Broadway and movies, has died, her agent confirms. She was 95. She was also a staple performer on late night shows like “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. She suffered a major heart attack in 1999 and had a pacemaker installed. But retired three years later....