Robin Williams talks to Rove

Comedian Robin Williams has passed away aged 63.

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46 Responses to Robin Williams talks to Rove

  1. .

    Sounds like depression and suicide.

    Poor guy. I watched him on Letterman once unscripted and he was out of control and it was the funniest thing I will ever see in my lifetime.

  2. Poida

    That’s very sad news.

    I have a hard time choosing his best moment… there were just so many.

    The world is a little darker today for his loss.

  3. Alfonso

    It’s got me f *****.
    No apparent physical health issues, a wife that loves him, all the money he’d ever need, still near the top of his career and he’s going to be dead in 20 years anyway, why rush?……

  4. Baldrick

    I read somewhere recently that he was admitted to rehab. Sad news.

  5. Mike of Marion

    Travelled from Adelaide to Melbourne to see him at the Rod Laver Centre about 4 years ago – great laugh.

  6. Real Deal

    How many comedians battle with depression? How sad for his family and loved ones. I hope you rest in peace Robin.

  7. C.L.

    I’m very saddened to hear this tragic news about Robin Williams.

    He wasn’t always my cup of tea but he was gifted.

    Reports say he was back on the drink recently and sought rehab for that.

  8. egg_

    Sounds like depression and suicide.

    Poor guy. I watched him on Letterman once unscripted and he was out of control and it was the funniest thing I will ever see in my lifetime.

    Fantastic rapid-fire humour, best I’ve ever seen – however, always seemed a little manic in its intensity.

  9. Mike of Marion

    America’s greatest two ad lib comedians flat out being funny. Jonathon Winters and Robin Williams together being just crazy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NqEKvk9F4I

  10. C.L.

    The pressure on Williams when he did those late show performances (of the kind Dot refers to above) must have been almost unbearable. I saw him once on Letterman, and Letterman introduced him with “hold on to your hats …” etc. Everybody was always more or less saying, be funny.

  11. Bushdoc

    Truly sad , unlike most American comedians was genuinely spontaneous
    , irreverent, non- PC.
    My personal favourite line was the ” New York echo”
    “HELLO -hello-lo-lo”
    “Shut the fuck-up”

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Very sad news. He could be incredibly funny, but some of his dramatic touches were so saccharine you needed treatment for diabetes afterwards.

    He was at his least funny on those talk shows, but taking over the show when a complete dud like Rove is hosting is a blessed relief for all concerned.

    “Passed away”? When did Cat go all PC?

  13. Lysander

    “Passed away”? When did Cat go all PC?New Idea?

  14. C.L.

    I hate the contemporary use of “passed.”

    People don’t pass. They die. He died. He is dead, etc.

    This Americanism irks me no end.

    Americans cannot say ‘die’ or ‘died’ and cannot say ‘toilet.’

    The latter is worse than the c-word over there.

    Weird people.

  15. Notafan

    So sad to hear Robin Williams has died, and in the apparent circumstances of suicide, just makes it worse.
    My kids watched Mrs Doubtfire a million times, it seemed back then.

  16. pete m

    2 memories:

    1. his golf jokes.

    2. he did a radio interview with I think Merrick and Rosso and they tried to keep up with him and he played them easily, and brought out their best, and it ended up being their most requested for a long time. I was laughing out loud for the whole thing.

    Yes he seemed very manic and like he never had an off button. Jerry S talks about this and how many in the field struggle with the impression they need to be happy themselves and make others happy all the time.

    Vale and RIP good man.

  17. Grigory M

    Sad news. A very talented comedian and actor.

  18. JamesK

    It’s just garden variety alcoholism

  19. Slayer of Memes

    How many comedians battle with depression?

    A lot more than many people realise.

    Very sad time for the family, and for his fans. He will be missed.

  20. The guy was intense, but a true genius. One of the greats. He’ll be missed.

  21. Mr Rusty

    I was in NYC in ’93 and went to a small comedy club in The Village that had a capacity of about 50. It was a place for aspiring comedians to try on their act and test out new stuff. After about 4 or 5 acts the compere announced a special unannounced guest appearance and in walked Robin Williams to audible gasps. Apparently he made these surprise appearances in small clubs every now and then. He did over an hour ad-lib and he had everyone in tears, I actually had a sore stomach the following day from having laughed so hard. At one point he was asking the audience what he should talk about and I bellowed out “Women!”, he then spent the next 10 minutes making fun of me (and the accent) and every time women cropped up during the act he would turn around to me and impersonate a very exaggerated “women” at me. It was the only time I’ve ever enjoyed being made fun of.
    It was amazing how he could segueway from one topic to another seamlessly and the energy he expended was just incredible, he was literally soaked in sweat by the end – he was quite short and very stocky in person. He had a patchy Hollywood career but one of his best and most underrated performances was in ‘One Hour Photo’, he did psychosis a lot better than Mr. Nice Guy (Dead Poets, Fisher King). It’s pretty baffling how someone who could bring so much joy to others could reach a stage of depression where he felt it was no longer worth it. I imagine he was feeling a bit like the fictional John Coffey, just wanting the splinters of glass in his brain to go away. Can’t help but think that recent world events might have pushed him over the edge.
    RIP.

  22. Infidel Tiger

    One Hour Photo was very good. I also liked Death To Smoochy. Looking through his catalogue, I reckon I’ve seen about 75% of his flicks which is pretty bloody rare for me.

    Bicentennial Man is so bad I wanted to kill him.

  23. Tom

    A comedy genius. So sad he was also off his head (like Spike Milligan) — part of the job description for comedy geniuses.

  24. Tom

    One of his greatest performances, Robin Williams Inside The Actor’s Studio, is indexed here (although I believe many of the youtubes of that appearance have been taken down).

  25. Tintarella di Luna

    It’s pretty baffling how someone who could bring so much joy to others could reach a stage of depression where he felt it was no longer worth it.

    Baffling but commonplace

  26. Leigh Lowe

    So, it’s the comedian … not the ABC “science” guy?

  27. .

    I was in NYC in ’93 and went to a small comedy club in The Village that had a capacity of about 50. It was a place for aspiring comedians to try on their act and test out new stuff. After about 4 or 5 acts the compere announced a special unannounced guest appearance and in walked Robin Williams to audible gasps. Apparently he made these surprise appearances in small clubs every now and then. He did over an hour ad-lib and he had everyone in tears, I actually had a sore stomach the following day from having laughed so hard. At one point he was asking the audience what he should talk about and I bellowed out “Women!”, he then spent the next 10 minutes making fun of me (and the accent) and every time women cropped up during the act he would turn around to me and impersonate a very exaggerated “women” at me. It was the only time I’ve ever enjoyed being made fun of.

    I just laughed reading that!

    WOMEN AYE!

    Immediately when I read this, it reminded me of Belushi, Candy and Linde.

  28. Token

    It’s just garden variety alcoholism

    The story was raised on the Carolla show a few weeks ago he had relapsed as he seemed to be suffering a similar problem to Philip Seymour Hoffmann which comes from living a long time sober.

    His family, he and we all are blessed he was able to master the demons for this long.

  29. JamesK

    The story was raised on the Carolla show a few weeks ago he had relapsed as he seemed to be suffering a similar problem to Philip Seymour Hoffmann which comes from living a long time sober

    Yep – if an alcy relapses after 20 years and doesn’t get back sober soon and consistently they almost all end up killing themselves one way or another.

  30. Fibro

    The funniest thing I have ever seen is him talking about golf:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSXMS8ABAAU

  31. stackja

    The still from the video above shows the face of a troubled man. He is at peace now.

  32. Infidel Tiger

    Yep – if an alcy relapses after 20 years and doesn’t get back sober soon and consistently they almost all end up killing themselves one way or another.

    Sobriety kills.

  33. tomix

    It must be the ABC “science guy”. The only other person of that name that I can recall starred in a “mawkish and mindless” TV show in the mid 70s.

    Couldn’t be funny in a million years.

  34. JC

    He was a arsehole through and through.

    A currency broker friend of mine was at a restaurant dining with family and Williams was there. His sister in law got up, walked to the Williams table and asked for an autograph. Williams girlfriend at the time, who was previously his family’s babysitter, screams for the waitress and demands the woman is removed from the restaurant. Williams agreed with his former babysitter and did their best ti humiliate the silly woman. There are ways of dealing with an unwanted person lobbing up to your table without having to go through the drama and humiliation.

    The humiliated woman returned to her table and sat down. Now Dave, the broker, who happens to possibly be the most evil human being in the tri-state area walks to the table and says something like…

    You know Robin, you’re a famous celebrity, how do you end up with a worthless, ugly skank like her? If you want to talk about it more lets go outside.

  35. kae

    James K

    Garden variety alcoholism.

    My father suffered all his life from depression.

    I think he was an alcoholic because of depression.

    Garden variety alcoholism. Sure.

  36. slackster

    Wonder if it was impending divorce #3 that did it?

    Got to be hard losing your fortune twice and then your new show being cancelled:

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-cbs-cancels-robin-williams-comedy-the-crazy-ones-20140510-story.html

  37. .

    tomix
    #1414211, posted on August 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm
    It must be the ABC “science guy”. The only other person of that name that I can recall starred in a “mawkish and mindless” TV show in the mid 70s.

    Couldn’t be funny in a million years.

    You must be great at parties. Ever been invited to one?

  38. Infidel Tiger

    There are ways of dealing with an unwanted person lobbing up to your table without having to go through the drama and humiliation.

    I hate it went people talk to me when I’m eating.

    I think anyone that interrupts a meal deserves being humiliated

  39. I think he was an alcoholic because of depression.

    It does seem to be a bit of a feedback loop, that one…

  40. There are ways of dealing with an unwanted person lobbing up to your table without having to go through the drama and humiliation.

    True, but IT has a point… interruptions when eating are evil.

    Of course, he could have just said that rather than (allegedly) trying to have the person thrown out, but still…

  41. Chris M

    “Passed away”? When did Cat go all PC?

    Just what I was wondering.

    He murdered himself, it’s about the worst thing you can do for your family.

  42. JamesK

    Garden variety alcoholism. Sure.

    Alcohol- a drug – is itself a depressant but the cause of alcoholism is just alcoholism – i.e. the cause of alcoholism is simply unknown.

    Any person who drinks to excess over weeks or a couple of months can become physically addicted to alcohol but that isn’t alcoholism.

    The characteristic of the alcoholic is cycles of self-imposed non-drinking followed by ever worsening bouts of drinking.

    At some point they don’t even try to stop, control or take breaks.

    Anti-depressants simply don’t work for such people even if taken whilst they are in a sober phase.

  43. tomix

    The bloke came across on screen as a tormented homosexual. Why he got married 3 times beats me.

    And why would anyone name their daughter Zelda?

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