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Comedian David Brenner Dies at 78

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David Brenner, a comedian and favorite guest on the "Tonight Show," has died.

A spokesman for Brenner's family says he died in his New York City home after a battle with cancer.

Starting in the 1970s, Brenner appear with Johnny Carson a record 158 times.

NY1's Shelley Goldberg interviewed Brenner about his long career in 2012.

"I don't say anything to myself about my success. I say it to a little boy who wasn't quite 9 years old who went through rough times and had a dream, and I helped him make it come true," he said.

Brenner continued performing standup his whole life, including at a Pennsylvania casino show this past New Year's Eve.

Brenner was 78 years old.

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