Dear ladies and gents,
Robin Williams passed away less than a month ago. We will never know the extent of his suffering. And he must have suffered so badly.
The outpouring of support for his family and the tributes from regular people like you and me has been nothing short of… astonishing? Is that the right word? But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. For some it was Mork & Mindy. For others Dead Poets Society. Good Morning Vietnam. Jumanji. Aladdin. Awakenings. Good Will Hunting. Mrs Doubtfire. The Birdcage. The Fisher King. Hook. Man of the Year. *
He was so brilliant at comedy. But his dramatic roles… ah!
It will be a while before I’ll be able to see What Dreams May Come. And many of the dramas he starred in.
The only stuff that I can watch at the moment is his stand ups. And Birdcage. I would love to give you the reason why, but I don’t know. So here is a short list of stands up that you might want to check out in case you haven’t had the chance to see them before.
Robin Williams Live on Broadway (2002)
Hands down Live on Broadway is still one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life. If you need a laugh, if you are experiencing the mean reds, if you had a stressful day at work… just give this a watch.
Robin Williams: At the Met (1986)
Oh the joy! The joy you’ll experience watching this is indescribable. Also – f*ck it!
Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2008)
Watch it. And love it. There is a reason why this particular tour was sold out.
An Evening with Robin Williams (1982)
Ah now this! THIS is the stand up where you will be able to see Williams do what he did best – improv. He dives right in there and doesn’t stop. Or stand still. For a second. Genius at work.
Rest in peace Robin, rest in peace finally. And we’ll miss you terribly.
*(On a side note – first ever review I wrote for the school’s newspaper was for Mrs Doubtfire. Good Will Hunting I saw on my first trip to Dublin. Dead Poets Society was just… no words. Standing in line to get the tickets for the Fisher King on a rainy afternoon because it was THE movie to see at the time. And it was worth getting the feet wet. It is pointless to try and explain how some of his movies are connected to specific events in my life. And I know I’m not the only one who had the same experience.
I am adding this as a side note because this tragic, immensely sad thing happened and we lost a brilliant man who made us weep with laughter. It is about him. Not about my navel gazing.)