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2022-12-03 4:34:44 AM  
Wait. Where did this really excellent (no snark) review appear? Cracked? Damn, next I'll find out that Vanity Fair does cutting edge political digs.
 
2022-12-03 4:56:44 AM  
Well, You have high energy when you do that much coke.
 
2022-12-03 6:40:36 AM  

optikeye: Well, You have high energy when you do that much coke.


"Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money." ~ Robin Williams
 
2022-12-03 8:23:53 AM  
Cocaine + other people's material
 
2022-12-03 8:43:07 AM  

azwethnkweiz: Cocaine + other people's material


Such a lame thing to say. It's all other people's material. There are only 7 original stories in the universe, everything else is an adaptation.
 
2022-12-03 9:00:55 AM  
The 1983 stand-up special which showed that Robin Williams had ripped off Jonathan Winters (SFW, obviously)
 
2022-12-03 9:21:06 AM  
He had already starred in a sitcom by then. That's the pinnacle of comedy success.
 
2022-12-03 9:33:28 AM  
My God people will never understand what Mork from Ork did to GenX - If you watched that show (And EVERYONE in your school did), you bought those goddamned suspenders and wore the shiat out of them.

You greeted your friends with Nano Nano

You said 'Shazbot'

The man was a cultural touchstone for a lot of Gen Xers because dear God you can't explain William's late 70's, early 80's pop culture dominance.  He was funny in a way no one has ever seen - but his sweet alien character in EVERYONE'S HOME ON TUESDAY NIGHTS...also was a comedian who our parents would NOT have approved of if they heard his set.

So our parents were all 'Oh, sure, you watch Mork's comedy special/buy his comedy album.'  This sweet, unassuming alien told us about drugs and sex and used references our TV and Radio soaked lives 'got'.

Robin Williams was Gen X's early peek into adult life - and it looked like an adult version of being a kid.

/The man was artistically brilliant.
 
2022-12-03 9:41:11 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: The 1983 stand-up special which showed that Robin Williams had ripped off Jonathan Winters (SFW, obviously)


Williams always acknowledged and honored Winters (and even had him on Mork and Mindy). The other stolen stuff? Not so much.
 
2022-12-03 9:42:14 AM  
I remember 12 year old me watching that and laughing my ass off. Dad caught me, started watching and was like "Oh my god! THIS guy?" and joined me. Dad wasn't and still isn't one to let vulgarity get in the way of a good laugh.

It's hard to remember but back then this was like a visitation from mars. Yes, Johnathan Winters, but he was censored heavily for TV. And not just for the potty jokes, but for just being weird. THIS had you drinking from a firehoze of weird.
 
2022-12-03 9:53:22 AM  

BeatrixK: My God people will never understand what Mork from Ork did to GenX - If you watched that show (And EVERYONE in your school did), you bought those goddamned suspenders and wore the shiat out of them.

You greeted your friends with Nano Nano

You said 'Shazbot'

The man was a cultural touchstone for a lot of Gen Xers because dear God you can't explain William's late 70's, early 80's pop culture dominance.  He was funny in a way no one has ever seen - but his sweet alien character in EVERYONE'S HOME ON TUESDAY NIGHTS...also was a comedian who our parents would NOT have approved of if they heard his set.

So our parents were all 'Oh, sure, you watch Mork's comedy special/buy his comedy album.'  This sweet, unassuming alien told us about drugs and sex and used references our TV and Radio soaked lives 'got'.

Robin Williams was Gen X's early peek into adult life - and it looked like an adult version of being a kid.

/The man was artistically brilliant.


I often think about an aside from Robin Williams regarding Mork and Mindy when I evaluate pop media and what they choose to air: "They said Pam Dawber was the talented one."
 
2022-12-03 10:01:04 AM  
It could have been worse.

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2022-12-03 10:01:52 AM  

optikeye: Well, You have high energy when you do that much coke.


THIS.
 
2022-12-03 10:03:06 AM  

Another Government Employee: The Pope of Manwich Village: The 1983 stand-up special which showed that Robin Williams had ripped off Jonathan Winters (SFW, obviously)

Williams always acknowledged and honored Winters (and even had him on Mork and Mindy). The other stolen stuff? Not so much.


Good artists borrow, great artists steal. The entirely of modern comedy was built on the back of long-buried and forgotten tawdry Vaudeville acts that "decent people" "never went to see" but that yet somehow made a handful of famous early crossover comedians like Bob Hope and George Burns et alia *very* rich. Soooo much of "modern" comedy from the 'greats' you remember? They themselves stole ALL of it from their peers and predecessors, and how much of that was stolen from the more raunchy Punch & Judy "puppet shows" that had been recycling material since like 500 AD and the Court Jesters of old?

The art isn't in pure originally it's in the presentation. The movie "The Matrix" is 100% unoriginal, stolen material and yet the beauty of it lies in how it got repurposed. Robin Williams was a rare gem of a genius whom could such very badly (look at the out-takes from "Mrs. Doubtfire") but once he polished that shiat it shined.
 
2022-12-03 10:03:24 AM  

Another Government Employee: Williams always acknowledged and honored Winters


Robin Williams on Carson w/ Jonathan Winters 1991
Youtube qzv6EhE7Cbo
 
2022-12-03 10:05:19 AM  

BullBearMS: Another Government Employee: Williams always acknowledged and honored Winters

[YouTube video: Robin Williams on Carson w/ Jonathan Winters 1991]


Holy shiat that roast of Clarence Thomas...
 
2022-12-03 10:15:13 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: The 1983 stand-up special which showed that Robin Williams had ripped off Jonathan Winters (SFW, obviously)


I semi-worshipped Jonathan Williams as     a kid, but then I made the mistake of looking at a DVD of his material. He was an innovator but limited. One of the skits had Art Carney clowning around with Winters and being funnier. And Carney was doing Winters-like gags. Robin William often dragged but his best was funnier that Winter's best.
 
2022-12-03 10:36:32 AM  
Johnathan and Robin would often trade jokes because the other one could deliver the line better. I don't know why Carson made the reference of Johnathan not knowing Robin earlier because Robin met Johnathan early in his career but I guess from Johny's point of view Robin was very young compared to him and Johnathan.
 
2022-12-03 10:48:08 AM  

DON.MAC: Johnathan and Robin would often trade jokes because the other one could deliver the line better. I don't know why Carson made the reference of Johnathan not knowing Robin earlier because Robin met Johnathan early in his career but I guess from Johny's point of view Robin was very young compared to him and Johnathan.


Williams was about 25 years younger than Carson and Winters were.
 
2022-12-03 10:54:55 AM  

jimjays: BeatrixK: My God people will never understand what Mork from Ork did to GenX - If you watched that show (And EVERYONE in your school did), you bought those goddamned suspenders and wore the shiat out of them.

You greeted your friends with Nano Nano

You said 'Shazbot'

The man was a cultural touchstone for a lot of Gen Xers because dear God you can't explain William's late 70's, early 80's pop culture dominance.  He was funny in a way no one has ever seen - but his sweet alien character in EVERYONE'S HOME ON TUESDAY NIGHTS...also was a comedian who our parents would NOT have approved of if they heard his set.

So our parents were all 'Oh, sure, you watch Mork's comedy special/buy his comedy album.'  This sweet, unassuming alien told us about drugs and sex and used references our TV and Radio soaked lives 'got'.

Robin Williams was Gen X's early peek into adult life - and it looked like an adult version of being a kid.

/The man was artistically brilliant.

I often think about an aside from Robin Williams regarding Mork and Mindy when I evaluate pop media and what they choose to air: "They said Pam Dawber was the talented one."


Well, she was talented but in a different way then Robin.  And she really didn't get of dramatic roles she should have.
 
2022-12-03 11:57:59 AM  

BeatrixK: The man was artistically brilliant.


Thank you for typing up your thoughts. I'm a millennial, so Williams first hit my radar from his run of '90s family movies. As a teen I was floored by his colorful standup specials and watched him take on much darker dramatic roles, which he really excelled in. Everyone in my circle felt a real sense of loss when he died, one that exceeded a typical celebrity death.

It's only on Fark, and particularly in recent months, where I've seen the attitude of "meh, he was really annoying, all he did was get coked up and go spastic, he rehashed other people's jokes" etc. I don't get it at all. Of course he was maniacally energetic and perhaps compensating for some personal sadness, but Robin was an incredible talent that just seemed to always be "on."

I always saw him as a generational performer and your words helped to reiterate that, from a slightly different perspective.
 
2022-12-03 12:36:51 PM  

BullBearMS: Another Government Employee: Williams always acknowledged and honored Winters

[YouTube video: Robin Williams on Carson w/ Jonathan Winters 1991]


"Mr. Rehnquist, take the hood off the robe!"

Damn
 
2022-12-03 12:37:08 PM  
His comedy style was not my thing but I can appreciate how he made millions of fans.
 
2022-12-03 12:47:42 PM  
I may have my years wrong, but I was expecting Live at the Met.
That's a classic if there ever was one.
 
2022-12-03 12:57:17 PM  

Eddie Hazel's E string: BeatrixK: The man was artistically brilliant.

Thank you for typing up your thoughts. I'm a millennial, so Williams first hit my radar from his run of '90s family movies. As a teen I was floored by his colorful standup specials and watched him take on much darker dramatic roles, which he really excelled in. Everyone in my circle felt a real sense of loss when he died, one that exceeded a typical celebrity death.

It's only on Fark, and particularly in recent months, where I've seen the attitude of "meh, he was really annoying, all he did was get coked up and go spastic, he rehashed other people's jokes" etc. I don't get it at all. Of course he was maniacally energetic and perhaps compensating for some personal sadness, but Robin was an incredible talent that just seemed to always be "on."

I always saw him as a generational performer and your words helped to reiterate that, from a slightly different perspective.


This is Fark. You're allowed to like Rush and Weird Al and that's it for mainstream performers.
 
2022-12-03 1:17:50 PM  
I liked a lot of his dramatic stuff, like Moscow on the Hudson and--especially--One-Hour Photo. That one is definitely worth a watch if you want to see a different side of Robin Williams.
 
2022-12-03 1:31:55 PM  
"You said 'Shazbot'"

I was saying "Shazburns".
 
2022-12-03 1:42:42 PM  
Subby spelled "cocaine" wrong.
 
2022-12-03 1:45:31 PM  

10Speed: I liked a lot of his dramatic stuff, like Moscow on the Hudson and--especially--One-Hour Photo. That one is definitely worth a watch if you want to see a different side of Robin Williams.



Yeah, I was never really a fan of  his manic comedy performances. However, I really liked his dramatic stuff. Very talented guy who seemed like he had something for everyone in his repertoire.
 
2022-12-03 1:45:32 PM  

Kitty2.0: azwethnkweiz: Cocaine + other people's material

Such a lame thing to say. It's all other people's material. There are only 7 original stories in the universe, everything else is an adaptation.


No, it got so bad that comedy clubs had a signal when Williams entered so the comedian on stage could switch to older material.  Williams was undeniably talented, but it doesn't mean he wasn't a crook either.
 
2022-12-03 2:09:45 PM  

CarnySaur: Kitty2.0: azwethnkweiz: Cocaine + other people's material

Such a lame thing to say. It's all other people's material. There are only 7 original stories in the universe, everything else is an adaptation.

No, it got so bad that comedy clubs had a signal when Williams entered so the comedian on stage could switch to older material.  Williams was undeniably talented, but it doesn't mean he wasn't a crook either.


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2022-12-03 2:37:46 PM  

KamikazeCraig: CarnySaur: Kitty2.0: azwethnkweiz: Cocaine + other people's material

Such a lame thing to say. It's all other people's material. There are only 7 original stories in the universe, everything else is an adaptation.

No, it got so bad that comedy clubs had a signal when Williams entered so the comedian on stage could switch to older material.  Williams was undeniably talented, but it doesn't mean he wasn't a crook either.

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I got ya, Fam.

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2022-12-03 2:40:50 PM  

yakmans_dad: The Pope of Manwich Village: The 1983 stand-up special which showed that Robin Williams had ripped off Jonathan Winters (SFW, obviously)

I semi-worshipped Jonathan Williams as a kid, but then I made the mistake of looking at a DVD of his material. He was an innovator but limited. One of the skits had Art Carney clowning around with Winters and being funnier. And Carney was doing Winters-like gags. Robin William often dragged but his best was funnier that Winter's best.


When they fused they became even more powerful
 
2022-12-03 3:15:49 PM  

firesign: I may have my years wrong, but I was expecting Live at the Met.
That's a classic if there ever was one.


"SOOOOOEEE! Whups! Sorry, wrong opera house."

/Had his "Reality: What a Concept" recording on 8-track. 8-track!
//Mom was a little uncomfortable with all the swearing (I was ~12) but loved his Mr. Rogers bit
///three
 
2022-12-03 3:15:59 PM  

BeatrixK: You greeted your friends with Nano Nano


"Nano" is something very tiny.

The greeting was "Na-noo Na-noo".
 
2022-12-03 3:19:11 PM  
Also: Can be spelled Na-nu Na-nu.

even red squiggly line likes that better...
 
2022-12-03 3:19:43 PM  

firesign: I may have my years wrong, but I was expecting Live at the Met.
That's a classic if there ever was one.


That one was from '86, and is arguably my favorite standup show of all time, and that includes all the greats.  Each one of Robin's early specials are just amazing to watch but Live at the Met was on another level IMO.  His later performances like 2002's Live on Broadway are still friggin' incredible because its Robin Williams, but he'd become a little more focused and a little bit calmer than before with age and perhaps not as many party favors on board.

Bottom line, Robin was a damn legend taken far too early.
 
2022-12-03 3:21:59 PM  

firesign: I may have my years wrong, but I was expecting Live at the Met.
That's a classic if there ever was one.


Me too. There are many standup performances that I really enjoyed. Live at the Met is one of the few that drove me to tears from laughter.
 
2022-12-03 3:26:13 PM  

ZMugg: BeatrixK: You greeted your friends with Nano Nano

"Nano" is something very tiny.

The greeting was "Na-noo Na-noo".


But do you remember the accompanying handshake?

/If you could call it that...
 
2022-12-03 3:51:46 PM  

BeatrixK: ZMugg: BeatrixK: You greeted your friends with Nano Nano

"Nano" is something very tiny.

The greeting was "Na-noo Na-noo".

But do you remember the accompanying handshake?

/If you could call it that...


"Scissor me timbers, Matey!"
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2022-12-03 4:54:58 PM  

BullBearMS: Another Government Employee: Williams always acknowledged and honored Winters

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That bit would make heads explode these days.
 
2022-12-03 5:36:47 PM  

Rock Krenn: KamikazeCraig: CarnySaur: Kitty2.0: azwethnkweiz: Cocaine + other people's material

Such a lame thing to say. It's all other people's material. There are only 7 original stories in the universe, everything else is an adaptation.

No, it got so bad that comedy clubs had a signal when Williams entered so the comedian on stage could switch to older material.  Williams was undeniably talented, but it doesn't mean he wasn't a crook either.

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I got ya, Fam.

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I had one of those pieces of crap, a two door. Absolute junk.
 
2022-12-03 6:13:15 PM  
World's Greatest Dad Official HD Trailer (Robin Williams) NOW ON VOD
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2022-12-03 6:47:23 PM  

KamikazeCraig: CarnySaur: Kitty2.0: azwethnkweiz: Cocaine + other people's material

Such a lame thing to say. It's all other people's material. There are only 7 original stories in the universe, everything else is an adaptation.

No, it got so bad that comedy clubs had a signal when Williams entered so the comedian on stage could switch to older material.  Williams was undeniably talented, but it doesn't mean he wasn't a crook either.

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Stories from dozens of comedians and club owners are the sources.  It's not him being derivative of other stuff, I get the whole 7 stories thing but apparently it was more than that.
 
2022-12-03 6:47:43 PM  
Robin Williams and Craig Ferguson:

Robin Williams and Craig Ferguson Complete
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Robin Williams was even better when sharing the stage with a colleague.
 
2022-12-03 6:58:14 PM  

azwethnkweiz: KamikazeCraig: CarnySaur: Kitty2.0: azwethnkweiz: Cocaine + other people's material

Such a lame thing to say. It's all other people's material. There are only 7 original stories in the universe, everything else is an adaptation.

No, it got so bad that comedy clubs had a signal when Williams entered so the comedian on stage could switch to older material.  Williams was undeniably talented, but it doesn't mean he wasn't a crook either.

[Fark user image image 850x637]

Stories from dozens of comedians and club owners are the sources.  It's not him being derivative of other stuff, I get the whole 7 stories thing but apparently it was more than that.


"Equally controversial, Richard Lewis and Robert Wuhl both accuse the late Robin Williams of stealing jokes due to his sponge-like brain. "Some comics hated him for it," says Lewis. "But I wasn't one of them." Robin Williams Accused of Stealing Jokes in Comedy Tell-All Book - The Hollywood Reporter

Oooooh such scandal!!! *wanking motion*
 
2022-12-03 6:59:37 PM  
 
2022-12-03 7:05:44 PM  
As a skater I always liked this picture.

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2022-12-03 7:43:59 PM  
We need to ban all art that isn't 100% unique.  Not just 99%.  If it ain't full on 100%, ban it.  It must use new language, new colors, new sounds, new matter and energy, and new senses to even perceive.

Problem solved.
 
2022-12-03 9:05:31 PM  

Loneman1: firesign: I may have my years wrong, but I was expecting Live at the Met.
That's a classic if there ever was one.

That one was from '86, and is arguably my favorite standup show of all time, and that includes all the greats.  Each one of Robin's early specials are just amazing to watch but Live at the Met was on another level IMO.  His later performances like 2002's Live on Broadway are still friggin' incredible because its Robin Williams, but he'd become a little more focused and a little bit calmer than before with age and perhaps not as many party favors on board.

Bottom line, Robin was a damn legend taken far too early.


He wasn't taken, he left
 
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