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 canâ€™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.