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It's Garry Shandling's Show

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It's Garry Shandling's Show is one of the first original programs created by the fledgling Showtime network in the mid-80's to compete with original HBO comedies like Not Necessarily the News. The show was pretty much about Garry Shandling's own life as a stand up comic and he frequently broke the fourth wall and directly addressed the audience. Although a critical and niche success it lasted about 70 episodes. The show was later picked up by Fox Broadcasting Company from 1988 to 1990, when Shandling ended the show.

Slightly racier and self-effacing interpretation of several traditional comedy formats including sitcom and talk show, the program was the first to star stand-up comedian Garry Shandling.

The show introduced much of the country to Shandling and paved the way for his more successful run as late-night talk show host Larry Sanders on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show.

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