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That One Time I Met Robin Williams and Made Him Laugh


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I’ve been a fan of Robin Williams since I was little. Movies like Hook, Aladdin and Jumanji are part of my childhood that I will never forget. They helped form the sense of humor I have today. Fast forward a few years to movies like World’s Greatest Dad, The Final Cut, RV, Insomnia and many others, one can see how incredibly talented an actor and comedian the man was.

My wife and I were able to attend a taping for his “Weapons of Self Destruction” DVD at the Rosemont, IL stop in October of 2009. We got meet & greet passes as part of the evening festivities. After Robin did his stand-up performance we were ushered backstage and got in line for a chance to meet the man, get autographs and a photo. He was very pleasant to meet, and seemed very humble and introspective as we interacted for a short time. I even made him laugh with a terrible Mork impression.

If you want to watch some of his movies and remember the great legend of Hollywood you can do so online via these sites:

TV.com: Free episodes of Mork & Mindy, and The Crazy Ones.

YouTube: Lots of his standup bits can be found here.

Netflix (membership required, free trial available): Jumanji, World’s Greatest Dad, Who is Harry Nilsson, Hook, The Fisher King, The Big Wedding, Get Bruce, Looking for Lenny, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Popeye, and The Birdcage.

Hulu (membership required, free trial available): Moscow on the Hudson, The Survivors, The Best of Times, Hook, Looking for Lenny, Charlie Rose’s An Hour With Comedian and Actor Robin Williams, Mork & Mindy, Sesame Street, and more.

Amazon Prime Instant (membership required, free trial available): Weapons of Self Destruction, World’s Greatest Dad, Popeye, The Birdcage, and The Big Wedding.

What was your favorite Robin Williams performance? Leave a note in the comment section below.


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  1. He was my favorite comedian (along with Don Rickles). The genius ability to improvise so quickly made him my number one. His ‘live’ guest appearances were the best.

  2. I have admired his amazing talent since the Mork days, and just recently loved the Crazy Ones and was so sad it was cancelled. My fave movies are the career highlight ones – Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Moscow on the Hudson. It is so sad that a man of that much talent would arrive at this step. If he only knew the love that is pouring out for him now, maybe he could been dissuaded from this drastic step.

  3. I really remember Mrs. Doubtfire and also really enjoyed the very different sort of role that he was able to play in films like Dead Poets’ Society and Good Will Hunting.


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