Laughter In Flight

768x504x658758c7-0381-4467-be0d-5784c020cf22.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Fp3W4LGjKcI just read Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmy Awards and it made me sob.

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.”



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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20 Responses to Laughter In Flight

  1. micklively says:

    A fine eulogy from another talented comic.


    • I thought so. I find it amazing that no one realized how depressed he was…he hid it well. I’m certain his wife knew, but his friends seemed to be quite shocked at what happened. I’m glad you read it.


  2. Lisa says:

    It really seemed like Robin touched so many people. Everyone I knew was telling me how sad it made them or how they cried when they found out (me included). The only thing that actually would cheer me up would be watching his films. I was actually able to forget for a little while that he was gone and the sadness I felt (and still feel) was replaced with laughter.


  3. Beautiful, Susannah. I’ve been avoiding all the tributes and things because it makes me too sad and I have enough to deal with right now. Sometime I’ll sit down and watch a bunch of his movies again to remember.


  4. katecrimmins says:

    As Billy Crystal originally said, “No words!”


  5. pmahaney says:

    Was in Vegas when I received word. Stunned silence and blank stares all around, then shock which was then followed by enormous sadness. Robin was a not only a brilliant comedian and actor, but as everyone knows by now he was also that kind of human-being that truly earned the title. Wherever charities needed him there he was, someone in need of a caring ear and a smile there he was turning up the laughter. A child in pain and suffering, Robin never turned away. Terminal illness and seeking Robin to complete their bucket list, Robin did the unthinkable he shows up for someone he never knew, and with kind and caring words.. And why did he do all of this, not for platitudes or to get noticed or for the audience, but because he thought it important enough in his busy schedule to make time and show a little empathy for a total stranger because it was needed. It was his gift to everyone and that he could humanly fit it all into his remarkable schedule made him all the more amazing. He understood all to well, that life is ultimately complex. We are truly going to miss you big guy, and so sorry that your illness robbed you of the same gift we all received, happiness. You truly were one of-a-kind!


  6. pmahaney says:

    Chicken soup and lots of rest Susannah.


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