Garry Shandling’s legendary pickup basketball games almost derailed Borat, helped found Funny or Die, and other memories

There’s a fun new oral history piece out from ESPN The Magazine today about the late great Garry Shandling and his longtime Sunday basketball games that brought together so many funny people to his home over a couple of decades. “It was ‘Fight Club’ with better jokes,” said Shandling’s writing partner, Suli McCullough. Among the tidbits I learned reading this… Wayne Federman chose the teams as the de facto commissioner of the Sunday pickup hoops: FEDERMAN:┬áIt was a very delicate job. Sometimes there’d be 10 people, so somebody would have to sit out two games in a row. My...

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