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Influential Comedian David Brenner dead at 78

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Comedian David Brenner died Saturday inside his New York City home after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

Brenner’s standup routines were a favorite of Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in the 1970's.

The funnyman appeared on the show more than 150 times and even hosted a few times.

Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side, according to Jeff Abraham, his friend and publicist.

"David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing. To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy," comedian Richard Lewis said in a statement. "He mentored me from day one. ... His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced."

His observational comedy became a staple for other standup comedians including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser.

Brenner was 78 years old.

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