I never thought this was going to turn my whole life around." A contemporary of Lewis, Freddie Prinze, Andy Kaufman, Steve Landesberg, Gabe Kaplan and others, Brenner perfected the art of observational comedy, or, as he once described it, "dumb things that we say or do." "When I'm looking around for something in my house, I say this all the time: ' It's going to be in the last place I look,' " he said."Of course it's going to be in the last place I look!
Once he became successful, Brenner would regularly send his parents on cruises, and both of Brenner's parents would eventually die at advanced ages while on cruises aboard the QE2, approximately two years apart.
After high school, Brenner spent two years in the U. Army, serving in the 101st Airborne and as a cryptographer of the 595th Signal Corps in Böblingen, Germany.
The punch line was Brenner saying he was, standing up, turning a page, and sitting down again.) Brenner also penned five books including Soft Pretzels With Mustard (1983), Revenge is the Best Exercise (1984), Nobody Ever Sees You Eat Tuna Fish (1986), If God Wanted Us to Travel...
(1990), and I Think There's a Terrorist in My Soup: How to Survive Personal and World Problems with Laughter—Seriously (2003) which was also released as two audiobooks.
After being discharged, he attended Temple University, where he majored in mass communication and graduated with honors.