The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO 2018, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld)

This extensive documentary tells the story of legendary comedian Garry Shandling, featuring interviews from nearly four dozen friends, family and colleagues; four decades’ worth of television appearances; and a lifetime of personal journals, private letters and home audio and video footage.

In 2016, comedy legend Garry Shandling’s unexpected death sent shockwaves through the entertainment world. Although he is widely remembered as a top stand-up comedian and the star of one of TV’s most innovative sitcoms, “The Larry Sanders Show,” to those close to him, the “real” Garry Shandling is far more complex. Shandling’s longtime friend and onetime mentee, Judd Apatow, has created a remarkable portrait of an iconic comedian in this revealing two-part documentary. The film features a wealth of insights from Shandling’s personal diaries, along with reflections by his closest friends, family and collaborators.

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production details
USA / HBO / 2×120 minutes / Broadcast 26 – 27 March 2018

Producer: Judd Apatow

Garry Shandling as Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Seinfeld as Himself
Jim Carrey as Himself
Judd Apatow as Himself
James L. Brooks as Himself
Sacha Baron Cohen as Himself
Dave Coulier as Himself
Jon Favreau as Himself
Jay Leno as Himself
Kevin Nealon as Himself
Conan O’Brien as Himself
Bob Saget as Himself
Sarah Silverman as Herself
Michael Cera as Himself (Diary Narrator)

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