Only one obituary for March, which is odd.
134. David Brenner, 78, February 4, 1936 - March 15, 2014:
Comedian; American comedian; cancer
I remember this guy from his many, many appearances on "The Tonight Show", back when Johnny Carson ruled the roost. I never knew that he originally started out in life as a director and producer of over 100 documentaries, which is pretty much all that he did in the 60s. By the late 60s, he jumped right into comedy and he seemed to be everywhere on television in the 70s. His humor was infectious and he was one of my favorite "clean" comedians back then, though the "dirty" comedians - George Carlin and Richard Pryor - kicked his ass seven ways to Sunday.
If you remember his routines, you realize that he was a huge influence on latter-day comedians like Richard Lewis and, especially, Jerry Seinfeld. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Seinfeld carried the arc of Brenner's comedy to its ultimate conclusion in the form of a sitcom spanning nine seasons which was all about nothing in particular - and funny as all hell.
Actually, truth be told, I thought Brenner died a few years ago. Guess I was wrong.