Garry Shandling will receive lifetime achievement award at Just For Laughs

By | July 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm | No comments | News | Tags: , , ,

My first encounter with Garry Shandling was when I was five or six years old. I was completely obsessed with an oddly star-packed movie called Mother Goose Rock ‘n Rhyme, where Garry Shandling plays “Jack” of Jack and Jill fame. He wears a blue wig. It’s killer. Fortunately, though, that wasn’t his only role. The dude broke comedy ground for six years during the run of the before-its-time Larry Sanders Show. Check out a clip of the show within a show below.

The point is, Shandling’s position as contemporary comedy legend is well deserved. So much, in fact, that its led Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival to select him for a Just For Laughs Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll be feted alongside Louis C.K., Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Feig, and Ken Jeong (who are all getting different awards) on Friday, July 29 during the festival’s comedy conference. Nice work, Garry. Congrats and thanks for the laughs!

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In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at carrieandersen.com.