Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, John Houseman discussed on Fresh Air

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Audiotape of Williams being interviewed, including on, fresh air how and why Robin, Williams pursued acting and laughter as a young man how he got into Juilliard where he learned from the esteem John houseman how he got his big break playing an alien named Mark on a guest appearance on ABC's happy days and how his sudden fame on Morgan Mindy in the, nineteen seventies led to years of excessive drug and alcohol use how he crossed over from TV actor to movie star scoring with such. Films as good morning Vietnam the Fisher king and MRs, Doubtfire and how teamed with Billy crystal and Whoopi Goldberg for annual comic. Relief benefits for the homeless there are samples from all these phases of his career and there are outtakes to plenty of them including some very raw comedy but what's. Even more interesting or the comments from other very funny comics Who dropped their guard here. And speak very seriously about both the comedy and personality of Robin Williams Like David Letterman who started as a standoff about the same time in the same comedy clubs and watched Williams with In my head my first sight of it was that he could fly because of the the energy, it was like observing an, experiment and Steve Martin who starred with Williams in a stage production of waiting for good though his character was interestingly Hurt and he played a very vulnerable as I think, he was in life too Onstage he, was the master and in. Charge and funny and quick and in life you know he wasn't on stage anymore I just felt a little bit of I think he was really. Comfortable on stage and less comfortable offstage Oh holding holding himself together and Billy. Crystal who shares and talks about some of the private phone messages his old friend would leave on his answering machine wherever it was when the phone would, ring and I. Looked at it and I'd. See the four one five area code I know it was him And, it was going. To be something really good.

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