Garry Shandling
The Larry Sanders Show created by Garry Shandling is regarded as one of television's greatest shows of all time Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Garry Shandling's flavour of comedy helped pave the way for a new type of sit-com and with it, a new range of humour found place on television. His Emmy-nominated TV show It's Garry Shandling's Show and award-winning The Larry Sanders Show were both regarded as some of the funniest shows of the time with the Sanders Show making it to Time's list of 100 Greatest Shows of All Time. And while comedy was his forte, he also took up more serious roles, most recently being seen in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The actor passed away on 24 March after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest. According to records, he called 911 himself, and was alive when emergency services transported him to the hospital. Following his passing away, the film and TV world has expressed grief at losing such a prominent personality.

Remembering his strain of humour, we've compiled a list of some of Shandling's funniest quotes.

Relationships and Sex

I met a new girl at a barbecue, very pretty, a blond I think. I don't know, her hair was on fire, and all she talked about was herself. You know these kind of girls: 'I'm hot. I'm on fire. Me, me, me.' You know. 'Help me, put me out.' Come on, could we talk about me just a little bit?

I'm dating a woman now who, evidently, is unaware of it.

My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don't really know me.

I practice safe sex - I use an airbag.

I guess he wanted to see a little more sexual activity because in real life, in bed I think less is more and let the woman come to me. Frankly, I don't even need a woman there.

I once made love for an hour and fifteen minutes, but it was the night the clocks are set ahead.

I may discuss love, and I don't mind if two men fall in love, fine. Two women, fine. But I flinch when I think of two Jewish women getting together and having a child because the idea of having two Jewish mothers makes my head explode. I have one; I couldn't handle two.

I'm too shy to express my sexual needs except over the phone to people I don't know.

Was the Buddha married? His wife would say, "Are you just going to sit around like that all day?"

When I'm not in a relationship, I shave one leg. That way, when I sleep, it feels like I'm with a woman.

Oysters are supposed to enhance your sexual performance, but they don't work for me. Maybe I put them on too soon.


Dr Phil is hiding something. Otherwise, why wouldn't he use his last name?

I once saw an elaborate landscape in a gallery, drawn in pencil, that took my breath away. Then I realized the artist probably didn't have enough confidence to use a pen.

I remember learning to drive on my dad's lap. Did you guys ever do that? He'd work the brakes. I'd work the wheel. Then I went to take the driver's test and sat on the examiner's lap. I failed the exam. But he still writes to me. That's the really nice part.

I sold my house this week. I got a pretty good price for it, but it made my landlord mad as hell.