With last week's passing of late-night legend Johnny Carson, I -- along with the rest of America -- reminisced about the volume of show business careers he launched, particularly those of a seemingly infinite number of stand-up comedians.

Joining the roster of such future headliners as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, George Carlin, Phyllis Diller and Flip Wilson, was a struggling documentary filmmaker from Philadelphia named David Brenner. I vividly remember, in the infancy of the 1970s, Brenner performing a gut-splitting routine titled, "The worst doctor."

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