Comedian Garry Shandling, who died suddenly in 2016, got a thoughtful and admiring tribute in a four-and-a-half-hour documentary directed by Judd Apatow, which premiered on HBO last week.
Now, building on “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” a group of Shandling’s friends have reactivated his Twitter account and are sharing passages from the diaries that comprise the spine of the documentary. “Friends who love Garry, working with his estate, are opening up Garry’s twitter,” the first message reads. “We will occasionally tweet material from the writings, notes and journals he has left us: ‘Let life live through you. Presence. Compassion. Kindness.’”
Apatow, who did a radio interview with Shandling when he was just 16, went on to write jokes for him and then get a major boost to his career as a writer and producer on Shandling’s “The Larry Sanders Show.” In the film, he calls Shandling the most important professional mentor of his career.
You know, the Dali Lama said to make sure to put love ahead of success. Wait, was that the order? I wished I had taped it.
— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) April 1, 2018