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The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Documentary/Comedy

Not Rated

Box Office: $0.0M

Format

Boxart Format Release Date
Hbo br740087 Blu-ray + Digital HD
UPC: 883929668533
12/18/2018
Hbo d740086d DVD + Digital HD
UPC: 883929668526
12/18/2018

Release Dates

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On Blu-ray December 18 2018Now Available
On DVD December 18 2018Now Available

Product Details

PRINCIPAL CAST

Gary Shandling, Judd Apatow, Kevin Nealon, Mike Shandling, Eric Cohen, Merrill Markoe, Gavin de Becker, Lewis Smith, John Markus, Jim Carrey, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Jay Leno, Chuck Schumacher, Bruce Grayson

DIRECTOR

Judd Apatow

SYNOPSIS

When Garry Shandling passed away in 2016, he was widely remembered as a top stand-up comic and the star of two of the most innovative sitcoms in TV history. But to those who knew him, the ''real'' Garry Shandling was a far more complex person. Now, Judd Apatow has created a remarkable portrait of this iconic comedian in the four-and-a-half-hour documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.


Epic in scope and intimate in detail, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling features conversations with more than 40 of Shandling's family and friends, including James L. Brooks, Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Coulier, Jon Favreau, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O'Brien, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman, and four decades' worth of TV appearances, along with personal journals, private letters and candid home audio and video footage that reveal his brilliant mind and restless soul.


"Give what you didn't get," wrote Shandling in a journal late in his life, the mantra of a self-proclaimed "spiritual warrior" still challenging himself to transcend his own insecurities, despite achieving so much in the face of loss, betrayal and tragic twists of fate. From childhood tragedy to heartbreak, professional betrayal and unexpected physical trauma, to his emergence as a powerful teacher, friend and guiding spirit for a new generation of talent, Apatow's documentary not only chronicles one man's ability to survive the ups and downs of a life in show business, but also offers a profound investigation into the power of comedy to elevate the human spirit.


Part two of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling offers an extensive examination of The Larry Sanders Show, his landmark HBO comedy series. Colleagues remember the demands of producing material that met Shandling's high standards, while his diaries reveal an ongoing struggle with complacency and search for authenticity.


A successful gig hosting the Emmys, creating unique extras for the DVD release of The Larry Sanders Show and an appearance with his friend Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (where Shandling opined about death and mortality) hinted at some of the lessons he'd learned in his lifelong quest for peace.

GENRE

Documentary/Comedy

RATING

Not Rated

RUN TIME

259 Minutes

STUDIO

Warner Bros. Archive