It has been a little over a month since we lost the great Robin Williams and his best friend, Billy Crystal, talked about him on The Tonight Show yesterday. He shared with Jimmy Fallon that they used to stay up late at nigth talking on the phone working on their comedy, and it was exhausting. Then he shared a story about the time that Michael Dukakis said that Mork was from Uranus and all hell broke loose in Robin’s magnificent mind. I mean, can you imagine saying that planet, out of all of them, to someone who as genius as Robin Williams. What was he thinking? Obviously he wasn’t.
I just love hearing Crystal talking about his true gem of a friend, that I wanted to make sure you heard it too.
David Letterman was on vacation last week, so he was not able to pay tribute to Robin Williams until last night. The Late Show host honored his friend of 38 years with a beautiful, well executed tribute that will make you tear up. He told the story of the first time he saw the Oscar winner perform standup, and he knew that there was greatness standing in front of him. He was also afraid for his job because he was so good. The CBS host then shared the story about how Williams would get his comedy buddies, like Letterman, to be on Mork & Mindy to help out their careers. Finally, he concluded his emotional stories with a look back at the best of Robin’s fifty, yes 5-0, appearances on his shows.
I don’t care what you are doing today, but you need to take 10 minutes of your day to watch this heartfelt look back at a friendship that lasted through the decades.
The best part about Aladdin was Robin Williams, so it makes sense that the Broadway version of the Disney movie would honor him. During yesterday’s performance of the show, Tony Awards winner, James Iglehart, asked the audience to sing the Genie’s big song, Friend Like Me, in honor of the great entertainer; and they did. They did it so beautifully and with such warmth, I am sure Robin Williams felt the love wherever he is right now. Because as we know, we ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend. We ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend. We ain’t never had a friend like him. We ain’t never had a friend like him!
Conan O’Brien tapes his TBS late night show around the same time the world found out that Robin Williams passed away.
When he was told the sad news, he decided to remember the legend at that moment instead of holding off until the next show. So his reaction was raw, sincere and just like ours when we heard the news, and not something his publicist wrote for him.
Andy Richter also remembered Williams fondly. Will Arnett, whose show The Millers aired before The Crazy Ones most last season, summarized the late great actor perfectly.
I am grateful that Conan O’Brien is still on late night television because he is the only who pays tribute to the great comedians when they pass away. He not only talked about Sid Caesar’s death when it happened, he also brought on Mel Brooks to talk about the man he admired. With Larry King no longer on the air, Conan is filling the void for us to have an outlet to hear celebrities remember the celebrities we love in a real no BS type of way.
Thank you Conan for being that outlet.
I still can’t believe I woke up to a world without Robin Williams in it.
UPDATE: Conan O’Brien had more time to prepare a tribute to Robin Williams and what an honor he gave his friend.
Robin Williams passed away today of a suspected suicide at the age of 63 according to KRON.
This is a hard obit for me to write because he was one of the first celebrities I ever had a crush on. He was so ahead of his time on Mork & Mindy, and changed the way comedy was done on television. After his show he went on to do films and wowed us over and over again both in comedies and drama. Movies like Popeye, The World According to Garp, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Hook, Aladdin, Toys, Mrs Doubtfire, The Birdcage, Good Will Hunting (which finally earned him the Oscar he so deserved), What Dreams May Come, Patch Adams, Death to Smoochy, Night at the Museum and Old Dogs to name a very few. Last year he returned to TV with The Crazy Ones, and once again he made us laugh once a week on the small screen.
Last year I got to talk to him when he was doing press for The Crazy Ones, and I was so taken back by humble he was. Here was a man who was one of the biggest personalities on TV and in film, and yet in person he was a man who appreciated that we were all in awe of him.
One of the things that stuck out in that scrum was how he said he loved Sci-fi movies. So I asked him why he hasn’t done any. He then reminded he did and it was called Bicentennial Man. He made a jokes and said, “I’ll make a mends for that later.” As we know he did not, nor did he get to make a good Sci-fi film; but he made so many other wonderful films for us to enjoy for ages and ages.
So today let’s remember him for those movies with a smile on our face. He might be gone but we will keep that big spirit of his alive forever.
Yesterday, was Robin Williams birthday and he got a special guest to help him celebrate. Everybody’s favorite monkey Crystal, who co-starred with him the Night at the Museum movies, was there to make his special day ever more special. And by the looks of his face, she did just that.
Seriously, it’s bananas how cute this photo is!
Tonight at 8p on Fox, the MasterChef competitors help a couple say I do by preparing their wedding meal, and one of the two teams wants to divorce one of their members before the ceremony even begins. If you have been watching the season so far, then you know they are out to get the captain, Stay-at-Home Dad Leslie, but do they have enough to get rid of him? Or will his team wind up winning the competition in spite of him?
Then once we know which team won the night, it is time for the pressure challenge. Just when you think you know what it is going to happen, the MasterChefs surprise not once but twice. And by the end of the night, one of the Chefs is tied to a steak and sent home. Yes, there was a hint in that previous sentence…
Tonight’s MasterChef is the best and most shocking one of the season, so you don’t want to miss it.
Robin Williams Instagrammed this photo of himself feeding a Howler Monkey, and made a big reveal. That little guy at the San Fransisco Zoo is named after him! Which makes sense since both of them are covered from head to toe in fur and they are both too cute for words, so why shouldn’t they have the same name.
Seriously, can this photo be any more awwwwdorable? That is why I just had to share it with you.
Mrs Doubtfire made a cleaning last year, because the 1993 movie was the most aired film in basic cable. According to Variety it aired a whopping 66 times. Why this picture over Love Actually, The Breakfast Club, Star Wars and/or Forrest Gump to name a few, I don’t know. It could be because it was the 20th anniversary or it could be because people love it so much. Either way, I am sure it helped fuel the sequel that is in the works.
So I guess if we want a sequel to some of our other favorites, we have to convince the basic cable networks to air that film over and over and over again.
Which movie do you want to see over and over again on basic cable? I wouldn’t mind a third Eddie and the Cruisers!