David Brenner Net Worth

How much is David Brenner worth?

Net Worth:$9 Million
Profession:Professional Comedian
Date of Birth:February 4, 1936
Country:United States of America
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Who Is David Brenner

Late night talk show fans get excited when a certain guest visits their favorite talk show. Bill Murray on David Letterman. Justin Timberlake on Jimmy Fallon. Harrison Ford on Jimmy Kimmel. Just to name a few.

For talk show fans in the 1970s and 1980s, David Brenner embodied them all. He made a name for himself as a talk show guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. In fact, he was the show’s most frequent guest, with more than 158 appearances. And he was such a regular guest on other talk shows at that time that he was considered the one entertainer to appear on more talk shows than any other.

American stand-up comedian, actor and author David Brenner had a net worth of $9 million dollars at the time of his death, in 2014. “Pioneer of observational comedy”, he was the most frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 1980s.

Quick Facts

  • David Brenner was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Brenner began performing comedy professionally after doing his first paid gig at The Improv in 1969.
  • He made his national TV debut on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1971 and went on to be that show’s most frequent guest over the next two decades.
  • Over the course of his career he taped four HBO stand-up specials, published five books and released one comedy album, Excuse Me, Are You Reading That Paper?, in 1983.
  • He married his wife Elizabeth live on television at the end of his 2000 HBO stand-up special Back with a Vengeance.
  • Brenner died of cancer in March 2014. He was 78 years old.

In the beginning

Brenner, born in February 1936, made his living as a stand-up comedian, author and sometimes actor. He even hosted his own talk show at one time, the short-lived Nightlife on ABC.

But Brenner’s life wasn’t all laughs. At least not growing up in the poorer neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Though his humor did keep him out of trouble, for the most part. And got him through high school.

Brenner joined the Army after high school, serving as a cryptographer. After he left the armed services, he attended Temple University and studied communications.

He is the author of three comedy books. Brenner was married and divorced three times and has three children.

Brenner also starred in the television series, Snip, based on the Warren Beaty film, Shampoo. Snip is famous because it never aired on network television. It was cancelled at the last minute by NBC, who feared bad press because one of the show’s characters was openly homosexual. Had it aired, it would have been the first show on American television to feature an openly gay character.

The show eventually aired in Australia, where it was the top-rated series of its time.


Though he never became the household name of some of his contemporaries, comedian David Brenner made a huge impact on stand-up in the ’70s and ’80s. A regular fixture on late night TV and talk shows, Brenner (along with Robert Klein) is one of the godfathers of observational comedy. His influence can be felt everywhere from the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres, Richard Lewis to Jay Leno.

David Brenner Books

  • Soft Pretzels with Mustard (1983)
  • Revenge is the Best Exercise (1984)
  • Nobody Every Sees You Eat Tuna Fish (1986)
  • If God Wanted Us to Travel (1990)
  • I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter — Seriously (2003)

Additional Facts

  • Before his career in comedy, Brenner made documentary films for television. He wrote, directed or produced over 100 of them and won a number of awards including an Emmy.
  • Besides being the most frequent Tonight Show guest, Brenner filled in for host Johnny Carson 75 times in the ’70s and ’80s.
  • In 1976, Brenner was cast in the NBC sitcom Snip (based on the movie Shampoo) which has the dubious distinction of being canceled before it even aired.
  • Brenner slowed his own successful stand-up career to gain custody of his son and spend time with his family in the early ’90s.
  • He was ranked 53 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
  • Brenner had his own talk show, Nightlife, which lasted for one season.

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