Robin Williams had an enduring influence on comedians

August 12, 2014 11:02 PM

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Robin Williams had an enduring influence on comedians

The Comedy Bang! Bang! actor posted a moving tribute to Williams on his website (paulftompkins.com) Monday, expressing how the comic's Reality ... What a Concept was one of the first comedy albums he ever owned and how he grew up watching Williams' TV sitcom Mork & Mindy. "When I was a kid, having problems of my own, feeling unpleasantly different from the people who populated my world, I found sanctuary watching this guy on TV who was celebrated for being a weirdo, for being an oddball, for being silly," Tompkins wrote. As he grew up and began performing stand-up comedy, Tompkins came to learn that there is "no less sadness in the comedy community than there is in any other workforce; that is to say, jobs are jobs and people are people and no occupation makes anyone depression-proof."

Williams is remembered for the melancholy and humanity he brought to his comedy routines and film performances, a sensibility that Louis C.K. taps into on his critically adored FX comedy series, Louie. For that reason, it's no surprise that Williams considered himself a fan — he called C.K. a "combi...

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