Unlike “Conan,” both “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” had already wrapped their Monday night show tapings when news broke about Robin Williams’ death, so it was Tuesday (Aug. 12) that hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers took a chance to honor the late comedian.
Fallon says, “He was one in a million, he was unbelievable. If you don’t know his stand-up, you should YouTube right now. He was amazing. He was funny, he was fast, he would weave in and out of characters, he would get Shakespearean … and you’d watch him and you would cry laughing and you would think I’m never going to see anyone like this human ever. It was amazing, his brain was always thinking 10 steps ahead of what he was saying. He was like the Muhammad Ali of comedy.”
Then Fallon shares a “Tonight Show” archive clip of Williams’ first appearance on the show, which was back in October 1981. He, of course, is cracking up Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon and the entire audience.
Below, Meyers has this to say, “I worked in a video store when I was growing up and I used to take up his stand-up albums all the time and he brought me a great amount of joy. … The saddest part of this is that Robin was battling depression, and if there’s anything we can do to honor his memory, I would hope it would be to use this opportunity to educate us more about this terrible affliction. We just want to say that we’ll miss Robin, but we’re also very lucky to have had him at all. So just thank you to Robin Williams.”