It made me sob when I read he was quickly cremated, his ashes scattered across San Francisco Bay.
As my friend Amy said, “Nothing left, not even a body.”
I marveled at how well he put his affairs in order so we the public could not be inappropriately privy to them. With three wives and three children he knew fights would more than likely ensue, so at least keep them private.
My sadness over his death is off the charts, and like they say in 12 Step, if it’s hysterical it’s historical.
I have two words for claiming that adage as truth: Bill Hicks.
He didn’t take himself out the way Robin did, but he too disappeared like a light gone out.
Comics are extremely connected…siblings in a sense. No one has any idea how hard it is to be funny for a living. If Robin Williams questioned his abilities, how must the rest of the comedy community feel.
They say he was depressed. I get it better than anybody…humor and sadness walk a very fine line.
I’m airing this hoping my spirits will rise so humor will take the lead.
My fantasy is that Bill, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, David Brenner, Phylis Diller, Henny Youngman, George Burns and all the greats are milling outside the gates of heaven when Robin gets there.
One has to assume he’s taking the scenic route.
If you didn’t watch the Emmys, at least read excerpts of Billy Crystal’s homage here. I’ll advise you to take out your hankies.
“He made us laugh. Hard.”
“I spent many happy hours with Robin onstage. The brilliance was astounding. The relentless energy was thrilling. I used to think that if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds, I was going to do okay.”
He shared an anecdote about the two comics attending Comic Relief Day at New York’s Shea Stadium. While Williams knew nothing about baseball, Crystal said when he told Mets broadcaster Tim McCarver that “a great Russian baseball player” was in the booth, Williams turned on. “Well, we only have one team,” said the comic. “The Reds.”
“As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine. Supportive. Protective. Loving. It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives…For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy…His beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever. And the glow will be so bright, it’ll warm your heart. It’ll make your eyes glisten. And you’ll think to yourselves: Robin Williams…
What a concept.”