Gary Shandling was born into a Jewish family on November 29th, 1949. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA to Irving and Muriel. He is a comedian, actor, producer, and a director. He had a very hard life growing up. At a very young age, he moved from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona to treat his ill elder brother named Barry. Barry had a disease called cystic fibrosis. At the age of 10, Garry witnessed the death of his only elder brother.
He did his graduation from Palo Verde High School. After he became a graduate, he got into the University of Arizona, where he did his major in Electrical Engineering. Along with this, he was pursuing his degree in marketing and also post-graduation in creative writing. He had developed an intense passion towards comedy writing. As he was pursuing his education, he once tracked down a famous comedian named
George Carlin at a nightclub. Gary offered the material that he wrote to George Carlin, to use in his act. As George had a great gig that night, he realized that Gary Shandling's work was really marvellous and asked him to keep up the good task. This acted as a great motivation and inspiration for Shandling.
He went on to perform great stand-up comedy. In one of his interviews, he said that one of the reasons he became a stand-up comedian is because he was frustrated at sitcom's conventional writing. His first stand-up comedy was performed at the "Comedy Store" in LA. He gained popularity among the comedy clubs because of his amazing gigs. One of his acts was so brilliant that he was later invited as a guest in "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" which was a life altering moment for Shandling.
He then moved to Los Angeles, California in 1973 where he worked in an advertising agency. Later, he came up with a script for a popular TV show called "Sanford and Son" which aired on Showtime and Fox till 1990. After this, he met with an auto accident, which proved to be very critical. But later on, he turned the accident into a piece of his stand-up comedy. In 1981, he began to gain fame after he had appeared as a guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson".
After that, he had a show of his own, "Garry Shandling's Show", which aired till 1990. In 1992, he got the biggest break of his career, his very own, reputed and the most award-winning show called "The Larry Sanders Show" which was aired on HBO. This show mostly included comical jokes about himself, his big hair and gigs based on his previous experiences with "The Tonight Show". This show was ranked 38 on "TV Guide's 50 Greatest Shows of All Time". It was the only comedy sitcom from HBO to make it to that list. This show got 24 awards which include 3 "Primetime Emmy Awards", 5 "CableACE awards, 4 "American Comedy" awards, 2 "British Comedy" awards and the list goes so on. Till date, he performs stand-up comedy in various cities in the USA.