Comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow made a heartfelt comparison between Prince and Garry Shandling at Shandling's memorial Sunday. Then came the purple zinger.
In addressing a star-packed tribute to Shandling -- the comedian and "Larry Sanders Show" star who died at age 66 in March -- Apatow invoked the music icon who had passed away days before the tribute.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the background at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. was lit purple at one point, setting the stage for the "Knocked Up" and "Trainwreck" director to connect the two men.
"It's odd that Prince just died because Garry and Prince were very similar," Apatow said, per GQ. "Garry was the prince of comedy. He was mysterious, complicated, sexually ambiguous, and an amazing performer who may or may not have been high the entire time. He had great hair. Both [Garry and Prince] stood up against the man to get their shit back. And both were sexy as a motherfucker. The Larry Sanders Show was Garry's Purple Rain. It's Garry Shandling's Show was his Dirty Mind. The only difference between the two men was that Garry had a huge cock."
"That's the joke Garry would have wanted," Apatow added.
According to Variety, Sarah Silverman, Brooke Shields, Warren Beatty, Ray Romano, Billy Crystal, Kevin Nealon and Jeffrey Tambor were among the attendees. And they all got to hear a Garry Shandling/Prince dick joke.