“I am shocked and saddened by Garry Shandling’s death,” Sen. Franken (D-Minn.) wrote in a post that has received 4,600 reactions so far.
“Garry was a great friend, a hilarious comedian, and a brilliant writer, whose influence on comedy is impossible to overstate. He brought a deep, unflinching understanding of human nature to his work and to his friendships. He will be missed by so many friends whose lives he enriched in so many ways. I cannot believe I won’t see him again. Yesterday was a very sad day for those of us who loved him. Thank you, Garry, for all you gave us. Rest in peace.”
Shandling has been described as one of the most influential comics of his generation. In the wake of his death, fans are retweeting his posts on Twitter, where he communicated with friends and told jokes.
Here are a couple of Shandling’s recent posts about the presidential election:
If I was Kanye I wouldn't wait for the GOP convention, I'd go make a deal with Mitt right now.— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) March 19, 2016
Only one campaign can consistently beat Trump: Trump's. How far will he go?— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) March 16, 2016
Shandling had also tweeted about Franken in the past:
I thought Al Franken stole the SOTU speech tonight, as usual.— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) January 13, 2016