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Encyclopedia > The Larry Sanders Show
The Larry Sanders Show

Larry Sanders Show Logo
Genre Comedy
Created by Dennis Klein & Garry Shandling
Starring Garry Shandling
Rip Torn
Jeffrey Tambor
Penny Johnson
Wallace Langham
Janeane Garofalo
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 89
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run August 15, 1992May 31, 1998
Links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Larry Sanders Show is a satirical television sitcom that originally aired from 1992 to 1998 on the HBO cable television network in the USA. It starred stand-up comedian Garry Shandling as vain, neurotic talk show host Larry Sanders. Image File history File links Larry_Sanders. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... Garry Shandling (born November 29, 1949) is an American comedian. ... Garry Shandling (born November 29, 1949) is an American comedian. ... Rip Torn as Chief Zed in the film Men in Black. ... Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944 in San Francisco, California) is an American actor. ... Penny Johnson Jerald, on the set of 24 - 2003 Penny Johnson Jerald (born March 14, 1961, earlier billed as Penny Johnson) is an American actress with an extensive career in film and television, best known for her portrayals of Beverly Barnes on The Larry Sanders Show, of Kasidy Yates on... Wallace Langham (Born March 11, 1965 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American character actor who has been seen on many famous television shows either in guest roles or starring roles. ... Janeane Garofalo Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964 in Newton, New Jersey), is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radios The Majority Report. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Garry Shandling (born November 29, 1949) is an American comedian. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ...


The series, which was partly inspired by Shandling's stint as a guest host on The Tonight Show, is ranked by various critics and fans alongside Seinfeld as one of the best TV comedies of the 1990s. [1] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the sitcom. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...

Contents

Premise

Setting

The series was a unique satire of the behind-the-scenes problems and relationships of a network talk show host, his staff and their guests. The plot and situations found in each episode drew heavily from the real-life world of shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show (under both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno), and The Arsenio Hall Show, although many aspects were exaggerated. A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... Jay Leno (born James Douglas Muir Leno April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. ... The Arsenio Hall Show was a talk show, which aired on late night in syndication from 1989 to 1994. ...


Different kind of sitcom

The Larry Sanders Show was particularly notable because the off-stage segments of the show were shot in single-camera mode, using a film camera (although the "talk show" segments were shot on tape), and had no "laugh track" (most situation comedies are either taped before a live audience or dubbed with canned laughter), which gave it a behind-the-scenes documentary feel. However, it cleverly kept a foot in both camps, because the 'on-stage' segments depicting the Larry Sanders Show in production were videotaped with a multiple-camera setup with a live audience—much like a real Tonight Show. However, according to an interview with Tom Shales, Shandling found this to be too time consuming, and after the first season only a select number of "live" segments were taped in front of a studio audience. Single-camera mode of production is a method of shooting films and television programs. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A laugh track or canned laughter is a separate soundtrack with the sound of audience laughter, made to be inserted into TV comedy shows and sitcoms. ... The multiple-camera setup (aka, multiple-camera mode of production) is a method of shooting films and television programs. ...


Guests

Most episodes featured celebrity guests who usually played themselves appearing on the fictional Larry Sanders Show, and who were often the primary source of conflict between Sanders and his co-workers. Guests included Elvis Costello, Chris Farley, Sharon Stone, Jon Stewart, Danny DeVito, Rob Reiner, Alec Baldwin, Jon Lovitz, David Spade, Dana Carvey, Jim Carrey, John Ritter, Bob Saget, Bruno Kirby, Ellen Degeneres and Howard Stern among many others. One of the most memorable guest spots was the cameo appearance in the final episode by X-Files star David Duchovny, who performed a parody of the Sharon Stone 'flashing' scene from Basic Instinct. Also, there was a longtime running joke on the show involving comedian (and one of the series writers) Jeff Cesario about how he would be frequently "bumped" whenever he was booked to appear. Declan Patrick MacManus (born August 25, 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... Sharon Vonne Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning American actress, producer, and former fashion model. ... Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is a nine-time Emmy-winning[2] American comedian, satirist, actor, writer, author, and producer. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... Rob Reiner at the 1988 Emmy Awards Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. ... Alec Baldwin (born Alexander Rae Baldwin III on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York) is an Academy Award-nominated and a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actor, comedian, television personality who gained fame in the 1990s as a castmember on Saturday Night Live, He currently stars as single man Russell on CBSs sitcom, Rules of Engagement and will also... Dana Thomas Carvey (born April 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana) is an American actor and comedian best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and the spin-off movie Waynes World. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Golden Globe-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... John Southworth Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor best known for his role of Jack Tripper in the sitcom Threes Company. ... Robert Lane Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American actor, stand-up comedian and game show host best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the ABC sitcom Full House from 1987 to 1995, as host of Americas Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997 and as... Bruno Kirby, born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr. ... Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... X-Files intro from first 8 seasons The X-Files was a popular 1990s American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. ... David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960 in New York City, New York) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American television and film actor most famous for playing the character of FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files television series in the 1990s. ... Sharon Vonne Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning American actress, producer, and former fashion model. ... Basic Instinct is a 1992 thriller film, directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas. ... Jeff Cesario is an American comedian and writer, who has written for Dennis Miller Live and The Larry Sanders Show. ...


Regular cast and characters

In addition to Shandling, the show featured the following regular primary actors and characters [2][3]:

  • Rip Torn as Arthur ("Artie"), the show's producer
  • Jeffrey Tambor as Larry's sidekick Hank Kingsley
  • Penny Johnson as Larry's personal assistant, Beverly
  • Janeane Garofalo as the show's booker (until episode 71)
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub as the show's booking assistant/booker (from episode 69) Mary Lou
  • Jeremy Piven as head writer Jerry (until episode 24)
  • Wallace Langham as writer/head writer Phil
  • Linda Doucett as Hank's personal assistant, Darlene (until episode 47)
  • Scott Thompson as Hank's personal assistant (from episode 49)
  • Megan Gallagher as Larry's second ex-wife Jeannie (episodes 1-13, 53)
  • Kathryn Harrold as Larry's first ex-wife Francine (episodes 14-30)
  • Deborah May as network executive Melanie Parrish

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Crew

Directors and writers of note include Ken Kwapis (The Office (US), Malcolm in the Middle), David Mirkin (The Simpsons, Get A Life), Joe Flaherty (SCTV), Carol Leifer (Seinfeld), comedian Jeff Cesario (Dennis Miller Live), Adam Resnick (Late Night with David Letterman, Get A Life) and Paul Simms (NewsRadio). Kwapis, who directed the bulk of the first season episodes, was particularly instrumental in determining the style of the program. Ken Kwapis is an American director. ... The main cast of the UK version of The Office The main Season 3 cast of the US version of The Office The main cast of Le Bureau, the French version of The Office The main cast of La Job, the French Canadian version of The Office The Office is... Malcolm in the Middle is a seven-time Emmy,[1] Grammy-winning[1] and seven time-nominated Golden Globe[1] American sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Network. ... David Mirkin is an American, feature film and television director, writer and producer. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Get a Life is the name of a television sitcom that aired on the Fox Network from September 23, 1990 to March 8, 1992. ... Joe Flaherty Joe Flaherty (June 21, 1941) is an American Canadian comedian. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Carol Leifer Carol Leifer (born July 27, 1956 in Long Island, New York) is a comedian best known as Jerry Seinfelds ex-girlfriend, as well as the basis for the character Elaine Benes on the television show, Seinfeld. ... This article is about the sitcom. ... Jeff Cesario is an American comedian and writer, who has written for Dennis Miller Live and The Larry Sanders Show. ... Dennis Miller Live was a weekly talk show on Home Box Office, hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. ... Adam Resnick is an American comedy writer, best known for his work writing for Late Night with David Letterman. ... Late Night with David Letterman was a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC hosted by David Letterman. ... Get a Life is the name of a television sitcom that aired on the Fox Network from September 23, 1990 to March 8, 1992. ... NewsRadio was an American sitcom, originally broadcast from 1995 to 1999 on NBC. The show was created by executive producer Paul Simms. ...


List of episodes

Further information: List of The Larry Sanders Show episodes

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Awards won by The Larry Sanders Show

Award Category Recipient
Emmy Awards 1998 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series Peter Tolan & Garry Shandling (for "Flip")
Emmy Awards 1998 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series Todd Holland (for "Flip")
Emmy Awards 1996 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Rip Torn
Peabody Awards 1999 "Flip"
Peabody Awards 1994
Rose d'Or Festival 1997 Sitcom
Satellite Awards 1997 Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Television Critics Association Awards 1997 & 1998 Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

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Trivia

  • In the British Channel 4 clip show The Ultimate Sitcom, it was implied that the group of mainly British comedians and comedy writers contributing to the clip show considered The Larry Sanders Show the 5th best sitcom ever[citation needed], putting it ahead of other sitcoms such as The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Cheers.

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International broadcast

The series also screened in Australia on free-to-air television on Network Ten (in a late-night timeslot, and with some censoring of language) and unedited on the Foxtel cable network's Comedy Channel. It also aired in the UK on BBC Two, originally in late-night slots despite calls by fans and critics for a primetime screening. Regular repeats later appeared on UK Satellite television on the channel Paramount Comedy 1. It returned to (digital) terrestrial TV in the UK on ITV4 in October 2005, and again in April 2007. It is currently being repeated on the Irish television network RTÉ Two. In Canada, the series was broadcast in late night time slots on CBC Television. Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three commercial television networks, available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in Australia. ... Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Artists impression of a Boeing 601 satellite, as configured for digital television transmission by SES Astra Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... It has been suggested that Paramount Comedy 2 be merged into this article or section. ... ITV4 is a UK television station which launched on November 1, 2005. ... RTÉ Two (known from 1988 to 2004 as Network 2 or RTÉ Network Two or N2) is Irelands fifth-oldest television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... CBC Television is the primary English language television service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ...


DVD releases

  • The Larry Sanders Show - The Entire First Season was released on February 26, 2002 by Sony Pictures.
  • The Larry Sanders Show: The Best Episodes was released by Sony Pictures UK in 2000. It is a compilation containing the following episodes: #302, "Montana" (Robin Williams); #403, "Hank's Sex Tape" (Henry Winkler, Norm MacDonald); #408, "Larry's Big Idea" (Courteney Cox, David Letterman); #412, "I Was a Teenage Lesbian" (Brett Butler). Also included are two first season episodes ("The Guest Host," "The Talk Show"), as well as the second season episode, "The List" (#203) which was left out of the US cable syndication package offered to Bravo. However, it is available to local affiliates.
  • A DVD set drawn from all six seasons titled Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show was released by Sony Pictures on April 17, 2007.[1] The 4-disc DVD set features 23 episodes and features 8 hours of bonus material. Shandling re-visits the show's cast and guest stars including Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, David Duchovny, Carol Burnett, Jon Stewart, Ellen Degeneres, Jeremy Piven, Sarah Silverman, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Greg Kinnear, and Tom Petty.
  • The release of additional seasons have been mentioned by Shandling. The first season was re-released to coincide with Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show, and season two is said to be next.[2]

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Books

  • Confessions of a Late-night Talk-show Host: The Autobiography of Larry Sanders (ISBN 067102910X) was written by Garry Shandling in-character as Larry Sanders. It was released October 4, 1999. The book was the topic of season five's episode ten, which was also under the same title.

External links

  • Epguides - episodes and air dates guide
  • The Larry Sanders Show at the Internet Movie Database
  • Sony Pictures Larry Sanders DVD web page
  • Maxim interview with Garry Shandling on Not Just the Best Of The Larry Sanders Show DVD release

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References

  1. ^ http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/larrysanderscollection/because.html
  2. ^ http://www.avclub.com/content/node/60821
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The Larry Sanders Show - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (674 words)
The Larry Sanders Show was a satirical television series that originally aired from 1992 to 1998 on the HBO cable television network in the USA.
The series, which was partly inspired by Shandling's stint as a guest host on The Tonight Show, is ranked by many critics and fans alongside Seinfeld as one of the best TV comedies of all time.
The Larry Sanders Show was particularly notable because the off-stage segments of the show were shot in single-camera mode, using a film camera, and had no 'laugh track' (most situation comedies are either taped before a live audience or dubbed with canned laughter), which gave it a behind-the-scenes documentary feel.
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