As a child (or maybe more recently), do you remember being tickled to the point of being in tears from laughter? Watching Robin Williams at his best was a lot like that sensation. The man had a talent for finding your funny bone and not letting up until you were on the floor howling!
Robin was unlike any other comedian. He had a very sweet and caring side to him that he would often blend into his comedy, sometimes offering rather profound and thoughtful observations about the human condition. He was also one hell of an actor who could play serious roles just as easily as comedic. His work in movies like “Good Will Hunting” and “One Hour Photo” remain some of his strongest dramatic performances.
They often say that the funniest comedians have the darkest sides. And sadly, the same was true for Robin, although his dark side was rarely seen by or used against others. Despite his struggles with addiction, Robin never allowed his demons to taint his public persona. And when we think about his tragic end on August 11, 2014, it’s clear that his private suffering took a high toll on Robin.
Despite his tragic end, Robin’s life will be remembered as a shining light that was a true gift to humanity. Indeed, I don’t think I would want to share the same room with a person he couldn’t make laugh. His jovial spirit was infectious, and you could feel that deep in his heart, he truly wished to spread happiness.
One of my favorite memories of Robin was watching him on an episode of “Whose Line Was It Anyway?” The show aired in 2000 during season 3, and it marked his first and only appearance on the show.
And during his performance, the comedian proved that he had not lost a single step despite his already long and successful career in TV and movies. You can watch highlights from this classic episode below.
Robin was truly a special human being, and improv was a gift he was born with. His timing, quick thinking, and energy were one of a kind, and I can personally attest that my life is richer, having witnessed his talent. Please be sure to show this clip to your friends and family (especially the younger generation).