One of Garry Shandling’s final screen appearances before his unexpected death Thursday at age 66 came on his longtime friend Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Although the episode, released in January, bears the now-melancholy title “It’s Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive,” it also stands as a fitting tribute to a sharp and insightful comic mind.
“We started at the Comedy Store in L.A. at the same time,” Seinfeld recalls in the beginning of the episode. “We did The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the same time, we did our TV series in the ’90s on the same lot at the same time, right across the street from each other. We were a pair.”
As Shandling and Seinfeld zip around town in a cashmere beige 1979 Porsche 930 and revisit some of their old stomping grounds, they discuss subjects both silly (Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln commercials) and serious (Robin Williams’ suicide).
The pair touch on mortality several times, and in one bittersweet moment Shandling says that a comedian’s lifetime of material is “purely a vehicle for you to express your spirit and your soul and your being. … It’s why you’re on the planet.”
Watch a teaser for Shandling’s appearance on Comedians in Cars above, and see the full episode here.