From the time he was 25 up until his death in 2016 at the age of 66, Garry Shandling kept journals– great deals of them. Given that he never ever navigated to turning them into a prepared book called The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow believed the late comic would not mind if he made it into a documentary, rather.
“I felt like it was something he wanted to share with people,” stated Apatow of the four-hour retrospective including looks from James L. Brooks, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O’Brien, and Jerry Seinfeld, amongst lots of others.
In this unique teaser of the four-hour documentary, Apatow exposes how Shandling was a crucial coach “who was a mystery to me.” Before he started the task, Apatow ensured to check out all Shandling’s journals so he might inform a total story of the comic who discovered terrific success on The Larry Sanders Show however likewise experienced sensations of loss and betrayal by operating in Hollywood.
“I feel like he had a neurotic voice in his head and the journals were how he tried to talk to his neurotic voice and calm it down and give it wisdom,” Apatow informs EW. “In the early years, they were traditional journals. He talked about his struggles in the Comedy Store and what his dating life was like. But then he started to dissect comedy, to figure out how it works. He was an engineer so it became almost scientific in his analysis. Then the journals became more psychological in order to connect with his higher self. There are a lot of Buddhist phrases. He’d write things like ‘you’re missing something by thinking.’ There’s a lot of talk about non-attachments and living in the moment and trying to not judge.”
“The journals are generally not funny,” Apatow continued. “But everyone once and a while, in the middle of a very serious section, he’ll just write a joke. So it will be him worrying about something, and then it will just say, ‘I shave one leg so it always feels like I’m sleeping with a woman.’”
Part 1 of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling airs March 26 on HBO. Part 2 airs the next night.Related youtube video: (not from post)