An Evening with Robin Williams
This was his special that I watched the most growing up. Robin Williams was one of my childhood heroes, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. The dude is an icon, an inspiration to a generation of comedians, and one of the best stand ups who ever lived, with a unique energy that's nothing short of awe inspiring. At the same time, he could even turn in some of the most chilling and memorable dramatic performances put on film as well, from One Hour Photo to Insomnia to his Academy Award Winning role in Good Will Hunting, not to mention the darkly comedic, underrated bit of madness that is Death to Smoochy. Then there's what I feel is his best, and most haunting and layered performance, which is his role as Parry in The Fisher King. No matter what mood, this is someone who could always make me smile, and what better way to remember this comedy great than An Evening with Robin Williams. Elmer Fudd singing "Fire" is something my family and I have quoted for well over 20 years.
8/11/2014 11:19:13 pm
I just read about his death five minutes ago and it's still a huge shock to me. His stand-up and most of his acting rolls were always filled with such a manic energy that I enjoyed, even if the movie kind of sucked. This a great post for those who know him mostly as an actor. Nicely done, sir.
8/11/2014 11:54:03 pm
I didn't know how to properly express the incredible sadness I was feeling on Facebook, so I posted his cameo from A.I., which I always found pretty funny.
8/12/2014 12:02:19 am
I heard about this last night. I was absolutely knocked for six by the news. I loved the guy. No tears though. Not then.
8/12/2014 03:48:24 am
Your dead on with that statement Gaz. Depression is a constant struggle for the sufferer, one that can make simply existing a living nightmare. No one should have to face that hell, especially not alone. Reaching out is the first step, no matter what some cynical and heartless bastards may say otherwise.
8/12/2014 04:39:01 am
My problem is that I don't believe me when I tell myself I love me. :(
8/12/2014 12:02:42 am
"The Fisher King" was the last Robin Williams film I've watched.
8/12/2014 12:12:31 am
Depression is a bitch. I've been struggling with it most of my life. I somehow keep pushing, but it's hard as hell at times.
8/12/2014 09:06:57 am
to you, tugboat, and to any other who may find it useful: keep on going, don´t let the depression get you, rob you of so many wonderful moments in life, from you and others.
8/12/2014 12:20:53 am
You know, yesterday I went to Steel City Con & was soooooooooo happy. . . my how things change in a few hours.
Waste of Space
8/12/2014 12:38:18 am
Tonight, I'm going to watch my favorite Robin Williams movies, The Fisher King and World's Greatest Dad.
8/12/2014 12:41:42 am
As far as comedy goes, he was the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Long live R.W.
8/12/2014 12:45:21 am
'Oh captain my captain.'
8/12/2014 03:38:00 am
That commercial was adorable. When I heard the news his daughter was the first person that came to mind for me...poor girl, I hope that she has support to help her through this mess. Thank you for the touching tribute Inquisitor.
8/14/2014 02:00:59 pm
Apparently people are trying to get Nintendo to model an NPC after him for the next Zelda game. Heck, World of Warcraft is looking to commemorate him as well.
8/12/2014 01:49:08 am
Just for extra sadness, his last tweet was a happy birthday to his daughter Zelda. Sometimes the world just feels wrong.
8/12/2014 01:56:29 am
My big childhood favorite, although a smaller part, was always in Baron Munchausen as The King of the Moon. Just something about that bi-polar performance as a quirky lunatic to a vulgar slapstick pig, and of course, all those facial expressions, it's always made me laugh for 20+ years.
8/12/2014 01:56:55 am
I cannot believe another one of my favourite stand up comedians is gone you will be missed Robin Williams.
8/12/2014 02:43:04 am
Robin Williams was on my list of "People I need to shake hands with before I die".... well I guess there goes that one. :(
8/12/2014 03:23:09 am
Dude, you wouldn't be able to shake hands with Robin Williams if he was dead or alive.
8/12/2014 03:34:46 am
Oh he wouldn't now? The hell do you know, I'm sure Williams would have gladly shaken his hand if encountered.
8/12/2014 04:10:15 am
Sorry I'm just kind of mad at Rhody... yeah that was inappropriate of me. Sorry.
8/12/2014 04:11:52 am
It's fine, arguing here is natural, we all do it, let's just not do so on a page for someone we've lost.
8/12/2014 02:55:59 am
I haven't seen Insomnia or Good Will Hunting yet, but I mean to. Thank you by the way for that comment about Death to Smoochy. I actually really liked that, yes, INCLUDING the bits with Jon Stewert.
8/12/2014 03:45:40 am
I can't be the only one thinking that "Death to Smoochy" would make a fantastic Cinema Snob episode. It's past the cut-off date but definitely worth an examination into its reputation versus its reality.
8/12/2014 05:16:43 am
"Death to Smoochy" would make an AMAZING Cinema Snob ep! True, it's past the cut-off date, but Brad broke that rule before. :)
8/12/2014 10:37:10 am
What cut-off date?
8/12/2014 06:08:08 pm
I don't think it'd make a good Snob episode at all. The core of the series is affable riffing on admittedly cheesy exploitation films. 'Smoochy' doesn't provide any material to work with, being both an intentional comedy (even the MST3k guys said it's mostly impossible to riff a comedy) and being a *good* comedy. If you want a serious "examination" of the film, the Snob's not the right venue for it.
8/12/2014 03:17:21 am
Oddly enough, the Elmer Fudd thing was also my mom's favorite bit.
8/12/2014 03:26:48 am
I also recommend Live On Broadway and Weapons of Self-Destruction!
8/12/2014 05:15:21 am
I just heard the news today because I found this video then I thought "Oh, well I wonder what he's up to right now?" then found out about it on Google. He was a great guy, and I always really liked his acting and comedy even in movies lots of people didn't like.
8/12/2014 05:15:55 am
I stopped being a huge fan of his brand of humor after a while, but I didn't denounce the fact that he was one hilarious bastard.
The Girl from the Basement
8/12/2014 06:07:40 am
This is the first time the death of any celebrity has really upset me. He's been one of my favorite actors and comedians growing up. It's sad to see him gone.
8/12/2014 06:10:00 am
Found out by reading a cracked article. I screamed, literally screamed. Felt like my childhood died.
8/12/2014 06:16:17 am
Along with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Justin earlier this year, we lost another great entertainer. The saddest part is that so many comedians suffer from depression during their lives, and we don't notice them because they convince us that everything is all right, when they make us laugh. Unfortunately, Robin Williams probably won't be the last one.
8/12/2014 06:36:42 am
Hey, and what about "World's Greatest Dad", Brad? Not only is it his last great dramatic role, but it's now a LOT more hauntingly relevant given the circumstances of his suicide.
8/12/2014 07:21:08 am
Robin Williams was the first celebrity I actually knew of as a kid (with the possible exception of Mr. Rogers). I am pretty sure the only reason I saw Jack in theaters was because Robin Williams was in it. I do remember finding him hilarious growing up being there is no way I could possibly remember how many times I watched Jumanji or Aladdin. He was also a good dramatic actor for even when he would be playing his more lighthearted roles, when it became time for the movie to become serious his performance would change the tone of the scene. He really was a great actor and comedian.
Hand of Onan
8/12/2014 07:52:01 am
It's very sad. A very funny man and a great actor. The Fisher King is probably his best role, but his most underappreciated is in The Night Listener.
8/12/2014 08:35:25 am
For me, my first introduction to Robin Williams was his other comedy special A Night at the Met. I watched it on VHS with my older brother. I enjoyed his fast-pace humor and seeing him in movies like Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Popeye, and Death to Smootchy was a joy.
8/12/2014 09:56:25 am
Beneath every comedian lies the face of a sad clown. We will miss you Mr. Williams, immortalized by the hearts and minds by 30+ years of kids and adults who are growing up and grown up watching you and making them smile. Genie, Peter Pan, Parry, Morc, Popeye, Adrian, The Great Moon King, Allan Parrish, Teddy Roosevelt, and hell, even that fat penguin from Happy Feet, HE MADE THEM WORK. I cried typing this list, as his imdb page brought back so many memories of classic films that shaped my childhood. He was a good man, and a gamer as well. I remember tweeting him back on his posts when I found out he was a Warhammer 40k fan like me! He responded to one of my posts appreciating my love for his work! It seems he rests with the Emperor now. May his soul serve him in death as in life, a man who can humor even the gods. Rest in peace, Robin Williams. :,l
8/12/2014 10:06:12 am
On a side note, this yead has been rough for me with all these celebrity deaths. It started with Jewario, whom I mourned greatly, rewatching his "You're not stupid" clip still bringing a tear to my eye. I showed a few of the voice actors at Animeland Wasabi back in march, specifically a voice actress for League of Legends. She loves your guys' work, and was heartbroken by his loss. I showed her the video on this tablet, and she began to feel the same sense of loss everyone else on TGWTG.com. I bring this up because I feel depression simply isnt shared enough, and idiots, like the guys I work with, call men like Mr. Williams and Mr. Carmical cowards for taking "the easy way out". People just dont understand.
8/12/2014 10:51:46 pm
I remember hearing about that at a games day in chicago. It made me want to plan a road trip to 'frisco to see if I was privileged enough to face his Eldar with my Sisters.
8/12/2014 10:56:25 am
T-T I-It's not fair. He...He never hurt anybody. He was my friend...
8/12/2014 10:57:03 am
I'm thirty one years old. I have been treated for clinical depression since my late teens. I have good friends. An amazing Wife. A supportive network around me that watch my back. But none of that seems to matter when the black eyed dog comes knocking at my door. That's the scary thing about depression. You don't have to be on your own to feel truly lonely. All the insulation in the world won't keep out that chill.
8/12/2014 11:11:24 am
Well said Gaz. Ignoring that looming darkness is never easy, but sites like this are a great way to stave off the parasitic entity we call depression.
8/13/2014 09:48:37 am
Well said. I have similar struggles and I feel the same about Brad's stuff. His videos (and others like them) have been a nice little refuge in the middle of some dark nights.
Fiery Little One
8/12/2014 01:19:36 pm
I found out rather randomly yesterday. Went to TVTropes's page on Aladdin. Found myself wishing they had put up a quotes page, but the funny page did well enough. As with others I starting thinking about Justin after a while because of the similarities. ... (sigh) Yeah...
8/12/2014 01:37:22 pm
I'm watching Family Guy on Adult Swim.
8/12/2014 01:59:18 pm
Reading through the comments here reminded me of so many great Robin Williams films I've seen, and shown me there's so many I still haven't watched. For dramatic roles my favorite is a tie between What Dreams May Come and The Fisher King. I can't think of any comedic roles that I'd put above his stand-ups.
8/12/2014 02:21:21 pm
Robin Williams was such an immensely talented comedian and actor that it really hurts knowing he is gone. The world has lost a great human being at a time when we need more people like him. I will remember Robin Williams for his extraordinary talent and making many people laugh over the years. May he rest in peace.
8/12/2014 02:24:18 pm
I felt like someone punched me when I found out Robin Williams died. Mork and Mindy was my introduction to comedy outside cartoons, and the first stand-up I ever watched was a vhs copy of A Night at the Met.
8/12/2014 04:06:35 pm
I'm still in shock. It was so sudden. I mean, I just saw him in the trailer for Night at the Museum III like two days ago. I still can't quite get over he's not here. :(
8/12/2014 08:34:46 pm
Robin was one of the very best and his stand up shows were just sublime.
8/12/2014 08:52:50 pm
Sigh.... I haven't been this bummed out from a celebrity death since John Candy's.
8/12/2014 09:08:23 pm
The guy is one of those guys who, no matter the movie he is in, good or bad, he is always entertaining.
8/12/2014 09:39:46 pm
He was in Kenneth Branagh's epic, uncut, 4-hour version of "Hamlet"...and even in that tiny role and star-studded cast, he STILL found a way to stand out and make you smile. And his role as The Genie is one of if not THE greatest, most memorable voice over job EVER. RIP Robin Williams...one of a kind, and that's what made (makes!) you so amazing.
8/12/2014 11:58:45 pm
Even though I was born in early 80s, my personal very first "Robin Williams experience" was his act in the Toys (1992)...I will never forget that movie, neither will I this actor.
8/13/2014 02:54:24 am
Robin Williams had committed suicide 11 August of this year. Our thoughts and support are with the friends and family of this legendary comedian/actor who has given laughter to millions all over the world yet was cursed with an crippling depression from which he could not recover (meanwhile juan martinez and vladimir putin not only continue to live, but appear to be quite happy. Kinda makes you sick, doesn't it? I don't mean to go off on an angry tangent, but seriously why?) Anyway, on behalf of all us loyal fans, I would like to say, R.I.P Mr. Williams; thank you for all the laughs and unforgettable drama you brought to the screen and stage. You are already deeply missed.
8/13/2014 08:25:26 am
8/13/2014 02:09:17 pm
Over here it's night and thank you for your advice. And if you believe that Putin is being lied about and I'm just swallowing made up, fact free propaganda then you may provide evidence to the contrary.
8/13/2014 04:41:46 pm
As a citizen of the United States of America, Vladimir "Ukraine Fucker" Putin can kiss my ass.
8/14/2014 12:50:03 am
Time and place! What the fuck does Putin have to do with Robin Williams!?
8/14/2014 05:16:27 am
To John K:
8/14/2014 05:27:57 am
To Brad: I'm really sorry for all this ranting, dude, but stupid people like that John K really grind my gears and I just couldn't pass on this particular one since it directly touches matters that are crucial to my home country. Sorry if you had to read all that on your site and especially in the comment section where a dead actor of such grandeur as Robin Williams is discussed and being given tribute to.
8/17/2014 02:12:51 pm
Sorry, "Master Chen", but not one bit of that spoon-fed pro-Russian propaganda you chucked up answers any of the crimes Russia is actually committing against the Ukraine people including aiding and abetting Ukraine insurgents, annexing foreign lands through force, or shooting down a civilian passenger plane murdering everyone abroad.
8/18/2014 01:04:10 am
You two both fuck urine. Seriously, leave the politics for a Snob video, not this.
8/18/2014 01:41:41 am
I'm really starting to regret bringing him up. Damn, useless foresight. At least my hindsight is 20/20.
8/18/2014 01:42:07 am
I'm really starting to regret bringing him up. Damn, useless foresight. At least my hindsight is 20/20.
8/13/2014 04:32:10 am
This is such a shock
8/13/2014 05:04:38 am
I still can't believe he's gone..when I was little, my favorite movie was Aladdin and my favorite character was the Genie. I used to watch that movie all the time and quote the genie's lines constantly, and later in my high school english class, we watched Dead Poet's Society. When i heard he died, it felt like a huge dagger went through my chest. I've heard people compare the shock of his death to John Ritter and Heath Ledger. I'd compare it with Walt Disney and Jim Henson. They both did great things and were excellent at them, but once they left us, we mourned greatly. But we still have the works that they did to remember them by, and they help us move on in life. The same can be said for Robin. I know people have said this already, but i'll say it again: "Oh captain, my captain' You will be missed.'
8/13/2014 10:20:38 am
8/13/2014 10:34:06 am
Yeah fuck those people man!
8/13/2014 11:18:10 am
Is that any way to treat a princess?
8/13/2014 11:39:55 am
8/14/2014 04:12:14 pm
I missed something; what the hell are people harassing Zelda for?
8/13/2014 11:17:27 pm
While I can't confirm the contents of that post, know truly that if genuine, those trolls deserve every unhappiness. From what I gather Zelda meant the world to Robin just as he to she. That's just downright despicable. Again, *if true*.
8/13/2014 10:34:57 am
God damn it, Jones. He'd been a character I grew up with as well, though less so than Carlin or Cosby, and had been fading from my radar over the years, yet I would catch his specials. So his dying hadn't really sunk in. Then you post this, reminding me of how much of a genius we've lost to yet another mental disorder. The world has grown both colder and darker and less given to joy from his passing.
8/13/2014 11:45:01 am
While the loss of a soul as well known and liked as Mr Willams is a sad event for many people and should be treated with respect and honer... I personally couldnt stand the man's switched on personality and thus most of his work.
8/13/2014 03:04:20 pm
Which is why you had to comment and let us know.
8/13/2014 12:06:17 pm
I'd like to add something. . .
8/13/2014 02:14:28 pm
One of my favorite films of all time (one that a lot of people seem dislike for some reason) is "What Dreams May Come." It was an emotional experience to watch it before. Now, especially considering the subject matter of that film, it's going to be a while before I can sit through it again. I always felt it was his most underrated performance. I normally don't get that upset about the deaths of celebrities, but this one is most saddening. There's really nothing else I can say that hasn't been said before.
8/13/2014 11:57:27 pm
Just such a great talent & great person in general. RIP Robin
8/14/2014 01:57:47 pm
Apparently he'd been diagnosed with Parkinson's recently. For someone as manic and energetic as Williams, that'd be a giant blow to him as he lived on his insane, rapid-fire delivery and exuberance. It's a damn shame as even if the guy had made a bunch of crappy films over the years he was always a ray of sunshine. I think part of it is there have never been any bad stories about him. Sure, he had his troubles (like his struggles with cocaine, alcoholism, and depression) but there was never a single story of him being an asshole.
8/14/2014 09:34:17 pm
Michael J. Fox had a very severe case of Parkinson's in his life, but he didn't lie hands on himself and still kept acting in many movies after that diagnosis was established, so I'm somewhat doubtful of this being a final reason for Robin to off himself from this world. Aside from being a human that had his body and mind beaten down by alcohol and narcotics in the past, Robin also had a very strong depressive state during the last several years (if my memory is right, it started during the filming of the "Night at the Museum")...maybe Parkinson's diagnose did leave it's mark too, but it's pretty obvious that having a drug-eaten brain and body with the addition of very strong depression clearly had a much bigger negative impact.
8/18/2014 02:19:06 am
you know it's a shame, I'm still really really sad about the death of James Garner, and then next thing I know Robin William's is gone too.
8/21/2014 08:13:57 am
One of my favorites will always be The Birdcage.
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