Robin Williams loved comedy. Cherished comedy. I read in an interview (in ¡SATIRISTAS! ?) that he considered himself first and foremost a stand-up comic. He was renowned, respected, and adored for his acting. But what did he think he was? A comic. I’ve heard stories from dozens of comedy people saying how much he loved being a comic, and how much he loved being around other comics.
When I started doing stand-up, I wanted to love it more than anything else in the world. Not just because I wanted to tell jokes on a stage – I wanted to be a comic. I wanted to be one of them. I wanted to love being part of a community, a kinship, a “club” of funny people. And few people could exemplify that love as much as Robin Williams. It’s so awful he’s not around anymore to keep doing it. But I’m eternally thankful he did it for me.