The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Synopsis: A look at the life and career of stand-up comedian and actor, Garry Shandling through his personal diaries.
259 min

Garry Shandling:

What's the date today?

- Is it April 1st?

- All:
The 30th.

- March 30th?

- Woman:
The 30th.

( construction noise )

It is March 30th.

It is March 30th

and I have just come--

and it's about 3:30.

I've just come

from my series

that I'm working on.

I've just been writing scripts.

We start shooting May--

the first week in May,

and so we haven't

been out here

shooting anything

about the house

because I've been

working on scripts,

because that's how

I make my fuckin' living.

- ( music playing )

- So the house

has been coming along

and they've already

been doing the framing.

- Tom, how's it going?

- Tom:
Pretty good.

- You wanna say hello?

- No.

- ( laughing ) How are you?

- Fine. How are you, Garry?

Tom's doing

all the framing.

- Mm-hmm.

- It's going excellent.

You can tell

from the frames

that are just around

his sunglasses

what a good framer he is.

How we coming along?

You have any suggestions?


Gettin' done

what you want.

- That's all I care about.

- OK.

You wanna discuss

this kitchen in there?

The ceiling,

what you want in there?

( stuttering )

Yeah, I got decisions

on that already.

And what

you wanna do

with the skylights.

- Yeah.

- 'Cause they're telling me

put the skylights in.

You don't want

any skylights.

OK, we'll take care

of it today.

We're gonna get it

done, aren't we?

- Seriously?

- We're OK if we get

some answers today

we should be--

We're gonna do all

the answers today.

- Please.

- Yeah.

- Murphy.

- ( Murphy barks )

- Tom:
Shake it.

- There you go.

David Letterman,

eat your heart out.

David Letterman:

Garry, what were

we talking about?

Can I ask you about

your involvement

in this show?

In, uh, ( stuttering )

in "Late Night"-- NBC?

- Oh, boy.

- Letterman:

Because it seems to me

when at first

it seemed like

I was going away,

Dana Carvey was

gonna host the show--

- All hell broke loose.

- Oh, yeah, that's right.

- I'm sorry.

- ( laughter )

And, uh, Dana Carvey

was gonna be the guy.

Now let me say

that you said,

"Well, Mr. Big Shot

passed on 12:

- Oh, no, no.

- Which was very funny.

- Yeah, no, I said--

- But you're leaving.

- ( stuttering ) I said--

- Well, you're leaving

- the 12:
30 spot.

- That's right, yeah.

Conan O'Brien:

When I was being considered

for the "Late Night Show"

and I was this

long shot unknown in '93

the other name

was Garry Shandling.


Did they make you

a big offer

- to take this job?

- They made me an offer

that was--

it was gigantic.

- Yeah?

- It was one-third of yours.

- No, no, no.

- ( laughter )

That's funny.

Thank you. All right.

All right, we're all

enjoying a good laugh

at my expense.


And I remember

people reporting that

like that's just

going to happen.

- much?

- I'm your biggest fan--

not your biggest fan.

There's probably

some nut

who has posters

of you up, but...

Me being told,

in confidence,

"Look, it's not

gonna be you.

It's gonna be Garry,

but you did--

you had

a great audition

and this is gonna--

something good's

gonna happen for you."

( music playing )

And I remember thinking

at the time,

"I don't see

Garry Shandling

doing the same thing,

more or less,

night after night

after night."

But did you ever

seriously consider

this all

could now be yours.

Take a look around.

This studio full

of fabulous prizes

could all

be yours now.


I like the clock.

Yeah, peel that off

of there for him.

Can you--

can you just...


He was approaching comedy

- as an artist.

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