David Letterman Pays Tribute to Robin Williams (VIDEO)

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When news broke last week of the sudden and tragic death of comic actor, Robin Williams, Late Show with David Letterman was on hiatus.

Dave was back last night with a 10 minute tribute to his old friend that is as perfect as you would expect. The two had a friendship that went back 38 years to the days they were stand-up comics at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

The tribute is filled with stories about Dave and his fellow comics being blown away (and VERY intimidated) by Robin’s stand-up act. The segment ends with a touching compilation of appearances culled from the nearly 50 times the late comic appeared on the show.

“Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman,” says Dave, “I’m sorry, like everybody else. I had no idea that the man was in so much pain–that the man was suffering.”

Watch Dave’s tribute below.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lovely tribute. Dave is classy.

  • Mel432

    Dammit, makes me sad all over again. Robin was so loved and respected by everyone, especially his peers who knew he was a genius early on.

  • justbreathe

    There are so many stories coming out about the warm and giving things he had done with no fanfare: Conan’s Bike story, the tape he sent to the woman with several types of cancer (for her bucket list of meeting Robin), cheering up a father and his children at an ice cream shop in San Francisco (they had been at the hospital with a family member passing)…
    David did a lovely tribute to a beautiful and rich-spirited man.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Saw this last night and thought, ” What a class act”. Bot Robin and Dave. I am sure everyone who knew the man is wishing they had known to reach out. But that is why suicide takes multiple victims at a time.

  • Karen C

    Really nice tribute, especially from someone that knew him. I liked his description of the first time they saw Robin perform at the Comedy Store.
    One thing that this made me remember is that I originally saw that first time he was on Happy Days, and I think Robin became so popular from that, they made Mork and Mindy. I don’t think it was orignally intended because as I remember it they changed the ending of the Happy Days show he was originally on. It was one of my favorite shows when I was young. I’m glad Robin Williams had such a long and successful career, and was so well liked by everyone. It is sad that he was in such pain personally.

  • HappyDaisy_2

    Wow, that was an excellent tribute from David to the beloved Robin Williams. Very moving and heartfelt. Thanks for posting this, MJ.

  • iluvai

    Such a great photo! Richard Pryor, xoxo.

  • iluvai

    Robin’s mustache is AMAZING.

  • MichaelG

    So lovely and touching, Dave. :)