A New Thought | Michael Neill

September 9, 2014 3:05 PM

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Many years ago, I sat in a pub in West Hampstead in London and watched Robin Williams perform a couple of hours of comedy in an unannounced gig where he was trying out material for a Royal Command performance in front of the Queen. While I was somewhat awed to be sitting only a few feet away from one of my comedy heroes, I was even more awed watching him work.

While some of his material was clearly very well rehearsed, the purpose of the evening was as much for him to discover and try out the unknown as to further practice the known. From time to time, usually in the lull after a pre-scripted routine had reached its comic climax, he would stand at the mic...

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