1981: Robin Williams perfects his “Sean Penn in the future” impression
HBO has long produced some of the best televised stand-up comedy specials, and even if that sweeping general statement isn’t true, I think I should get a pass because of Eddie Murphy’s “Delirious.” But that’s all going to end in December when HBO airs “Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction.” I’ve included a clip from his current tour below so you can see how hilarious it is. (Get it? “Bomb” and “bong” are similar-sounding words!)
Williams has done four solo specials on HBO. The most recent, which aired in 2002, received five Emmy nominations. His relationship with HBO dates back to his appearance on a “Young Comedians” show in 1977.
Williams co-stars with John Travolta in the upcoming Disney comedy “Old Dogs.” [AP]
This is just sad. I used to love Williams’s unhinged manic energy when he was coked out of his mind. I laughed my ass off when he pretended to be a Shakespearean actor and said, “The moon like a testicle hangs low in the sky.” Now it’s just a bunch of jokes told in rapid succession, which is unfortunate because crappy jokes told fast are still just crappy jokes. He’s just telling more of them than most bad comics.