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The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special (1986)

A parody of Johnny Carson anniversary shows made for the Showtime cable network.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Shandling ... Garry Shandling
Paul Willson ... Pete
Ritch Brinkley ... Cowboy
Andy Goldberg Andy Goldberg ... Ray
Rodney Kageyama ... Caine's Father
Helaine Lembeck ... Mindy
Vic Leon Vic Leon ... Himself
Rose Marie ... Herself
Doug McClure ... Himself
Travis McKenna ... Frederick Tomkin
Eda Reiss Merin Eda Reiss Merin ... Caine's Mother
Donny Osmond ... Himself
Jerry Potter Jerry Potter ... Cowboy
Señor Wences ... Himself
Sam Whipple ... Woodstock Guy


A parody of Johnny Carson anniversary shows made for the Showtime cable network.

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Release Date:

8 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special See more »

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Black and White (some sequences)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Final on-screen appearance of ventriloquist Señor Wences. See more »

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a little known gem that changed comedy for ever
14 October 2006 | by ffks-1See all my reviews

I saw this show when it came out, and I can still remember it and laugh. Using the conceit of the 25th anniversary of an imaginary talk show, Shandling satirizes 25 years of television. Jokes within jokes, comedy that makes you laugh and you don't know why, from slapstick and crudeness to dry wit and wet wit, Shandling sums up the golden era of 80's comedy. He pays tribute to the borscht belt, to every guy who wrote a laugh-tracked crappy sitcom, and to everyone who has told jokes in front of a brick wall, by doing their schtick as well as they ever did. You can't watch a comedy today without seeing echos of the style he invented 20 years ago.

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