Nightly News   |  March 16, 2014

Funny Man David Brenner Dies After Cancer Battle

The world mourns David Brenner, who is known for his many appearances on “The Tonight Show.”

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>>> there were tributes today to david brenner , the comedian who found so much in everyday life for us to laugh about and was best known for his appearances on nbc 's " tonight show ." 158 of them. nbc 's joe friar has more tonight on the life of a very funny man.

>> reporter: david brenner 's legendary comedy career spans more than four decades.

>> i can never figure out. how come a dog always confuses my leg to his girlfriend?

>> reporter: that career came lasting only a few months. his big break came when he debuted on "the tonight show " with johnny carson .

>> very clever, somewhat warped.

>> reporter: at the time, brenner had three bucks to his name and didn't think he would stay in comedy. but that night, he killed it.

>> and did you ever notice that the same guy works in every station in america? that character with the hunting cap with the ear muffs .

>> everything i made above $3 all these years was due to johnny carson .

>> reporter: he hosted " night life " and was a regular on " hollywood squares ."

>> david brenner .

>> never lost his sense of humor, even while battling cancer. his final request at age 78, that $100 in small bills be placed in his left sock. he said just in case tipping is recommended where i'm going. joe friar, nbc news, los angeles .