As well as working on “Laverne and Shirley,” “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” and “The Mary Tyler Moore,” Monica Johnson, who has passed on from esophageal cancer, was also the cowriter of all of Alberts Brooks’ films from 1978’s “Real Life” to 1999’s “The Muse.” Being a cowriter to a figure like Brooks can be a thankless task and there’s no way to know what her particular contribution was to the classic scenes below from “Lost in America.” I think it’s safe to say, however, that a significant amount — probably more than we’ll ever realize — of the Brooks wit in all five of their films was actually from her.

And, after the flip a bonus from between those two scenes. I’m guessing one of the most often embedded film clips on YouTube.

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