‘Tonight Show’ Favorite David Brenner Dies at Age 78

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Comedian David Brenner performs at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on April 6, 2010. (Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Comedian David Brenner, a regular on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show,” has died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday. He was 78.

Brenner was a staple on Carson’s late-night show, appearing more times than any other guest, according to IMDB.com.

Even in death, he kept the jokes coming. Brenner’s final request, according to family spokesman Jeff Abraham, was to have $100 in small bills tucked in his sock — “just in case tipping is recommended where I’m going.”

His gravesite will read: “If this is supposed to be a joke — then I don’t get it!,” according to Abraham.

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