October 18, 2018
HBO Home Entertainment on Oct. 30 will release for home viewing Judd Apatow’s Emmy Award-winning documentary on the late comedy icon Garry Shandling.
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling will become available on both DVD and digital download. Both formats will include multiple bonus features including extended interviews with Jim Carrey and spiritual leader Ram Dass, exclusive archival stand-up performances, a previously un-aired conversation with Jeff Goldblum, never-before-seen and extended conversations with Shandling and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as a tribute performance of “Dear Mind” by Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Apatow, live from the Bonnaroo festival in 2016.
“I am so excited for this release because we found so much amazing footage and we finally have the opportunity with these DVD extras to show the world even more comedic treasures from Garry’s life and career,” said Apatow in a statement.
Shandling, a stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer, died in March 2016 at the age of 66. He was best known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Shandling began his career as a writer for such sitcoms as “Sanford and Son” and “Welcome Back, Kotter.” After a successful standup performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” he became a frequent guest host – and when Carson retired, Shandling was considered a leading contender to replace him.
In 1986, Shandling created “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” for Showtime, which ran on the network for four years. Next came “The Larry Sanders Show,” which began airing on HBO in 1992 and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1998.
Apatow’s documentary has been hailed by critics. It spans the decades from Shandling’s early childhood in the 1950s in Arizona up to his death two years ago, through a collage of personal testimonials, archival footage and Shandling’s own handwritten words on life, loss, love, meditation and more, captured in an extensive library of personal notebooks.