"I'm supposed to end with a joke. But for the first time in my career, I'm not going to do that. I'm going to end by telling you that I learned tonight that if you can laugh, you can live. And that means we are going to get through this."
Brenner said the above to a half-empty room at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas on September 11, 2001. He got a standing ovation.
His comedic heyday, however, was the 1970s, as evidenced by the above picture.
A favorite of Johnny Carson, he appeared on The Tonight Show, both as guest and substitute host, over 150 times.
Did you ever notice David Brenner says "Did you ever notice" a lot? I think he may have popularized the phrase!