Garry Shandling, Stand Up
Jerry Stiller, father of Ben, turns a whopping 82 today. He’s had quite a life. As mentioned, he sired Ben Stiller – a man who still has it in him to be funny, he just needs to step away from the Gervais – he’s also played Frank to George Constanza in Seinfeld, making up probably the best sitcom father/son pairing of all time. And that includes David Schwimmer and Elliott Gould in Friends. Hence, we knew we simply had to buy him a gift. We sat on a tube, talking loudly across a carriage, discussing what to get the man who has everything, before it boiled down to a toss up between a DVD of Ricky Gervais delivering a very boring lecture about animals, or a clip of an actual stand up comic being funny, even though he’s not Ricky Gervais. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Jerry!