The HBO premiere of The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling was about words — the funny words Shandling said as his alter-ego, the satirical talk show host Larry Sanders, the private words he used in his journals and the many, many words of admiration from other comedians he inspired and supported throughout his life. All these words became a film by Judd Apatow who culled them as he was preparing the memorial for Shandling. The documentary will be aired in two parts on HBO March 26 and 27.
The premiere event paid homage to the documentary, the man and his words. Designer Billy Billy Butchkavitz created a strong design silhouette with linens in black and white emboldened with characters. Pops of color from bright yellow flowers, and even more colorful language (Shandling’s favorite type of words) were printed on pillows. Our lighting designer, Curt Stahl, also used custom gobo projections of words at the entrance and along the proscenium of The Avalon. Rentals by Town and Country and Event Rentals and Photos by Gabor Ekecs.