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When it comes right down to it, the late Garry Shandling didn’t quite get into comedy for the laughs.

That conclusion comes from his close friend Judd Apatow, who plumbs Shandling’s long and sometimes tortured quest for enlightenment in “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” the two-part HBO documentary that’s contending for Emmy nominations in multiple categories.

“Usually you get into comedy because something is troubling you. You’re trying to work out certain issues,” Apatow told Deadline. “What was interesting about Garry is he became a famous comedian because he thought it would help him figure out who he was. He didn’t do it because his primary interest was seeking fame and fortune. It really was about self-exploration.”

Apatow, who credits Shandling with a major impact on his career that included his first directing opportunity on “The Larry Sanders Show,” draws on home videos from Shandling’s childhood and journals he kept over a period of decades.

Read the story at Deadline. 

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