“He did ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ which was completely groundbreaking and changed the way I thought about TV and I think what a lot of people thought about TV,” Meyers said.
Meyers said that while he never met Shandling, he heard nothing but positive things about him from other comedians.
He also said that years earlier when he was working in Chicago’s improv scene, Jason Sudeikis was incredibly popular because he had episodes of “The Larry Sanders Show” on VHS.
Meyers closed by saying that, given the Sanders character’s nonstop neuroses, it gave him hope as a talk show host knowing that other people have the same worries and fears that he does.
Shandling, who also starred in “It’s Garry Shandling‘s Show” on Fox, died Thursday of a heart attack. In his later years, he became a mentor to a generation of comedians, hosting Sunday basketball games where he doled out advice and jokes.
Shortly before his tragic death, he completed a deal to return his classic “The Larry Sanders Show” exclusively to HBO.
“I loved Garry. We were fulfilling his wishes to see the show move to HBO,” Sony Pictures Television chairman Steve Mosko told TheWrap exclusively.