For those looking for more humor while on lockdown, last week Time Life launhed The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel, celebrating the comedian’s “comic genius.” The channel features classic live performance clips from Robin’s HBO stand-up specials, including the famous sketch on the beginnings of golf (Live on Broadway, 2002), the emotional “Spark of Madness” (Off the Wall, 1978) and detailed account of his run-in with the signing gorilla, Koko (Live on Broadway).
Also featured are “exclusive, recently shot” interview clips with comedian Lewis Black on “Becoming Friends with Robin Williams” and David Steinberg, Williams’ longtime manager and friend holding forth with an “Inside Look on Robin Williams’ Genius.” Each week following last week’s launch, Time Life will post a new clip to the channel.
While Robin Williams started performing stand-up comedy in the mid-’70s, most US audiences became familiar with him as the naïve alien from the planet Ork in Mork & Mindy. That made him an overnight star and he went on to do five HBO stand-up specials and several feature films. Williams performed for nearly four decades at comedy clubs and stadiums, and on numerous talk shows and USO tours. The comedian became known for his energy and quick wit.
The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel follows on the heels of Time Life’s release of Robin Williams: Comic Genius, a trio of DVD collections celebrating the comedian’s 40-year career. Included in the releases was a 22-disc set featuring 50 or so hours of improvisations and a single disc of Williams’ first HBO stand-up special.