Jimmy Fallon Breaks Down During Robin Williams Tribute — Watch

Wed, August 13, 2014 10:29am EST by 11 Comments

On the August 12 episode of ‘The Tonight Show’, Jimmy Fallon took a moment to remember the passing of comic legend Robin Williams. Watch the video for Jimmy’s tearful tribute.

Robin Williams‘ tragic death at just 63 years old continues to make ripples; the impact he made on the comedy world cannot be understated, and it seems like every member of the comedy community is speaking out about this enormous loss. On the August 12 episode of The Tonight ShowJimmy Fallon, 39, aired a tribute of his own to Robin; close to tears, he aired a hilarious clip of Robin’s first appearance on The Tonight Show. Check it out.

Jimmy Fallon’s Robin Williams Tribute: First ‘Tonight Show’ Appearance — Video

“Before we get into the show, we, like all of you were shaken up a bit last night when we learned that genius comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away,” Jimmy began, close to breaking down. “He was one of a kind, one in a million. He was unbelievable. If you ever saw this guy’s stand up… he’s just amazing. […]

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“He was funny, and he was fast, and he would weave in and out of characters.” At that, Jimmy went into a stellar Robin impression of his own — not his first. Jimmy did an impression of Robin on a 2000 episode of Saturday Night Live for a “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch.

“You’d watch him and you would cry laughing, and you would think, ‘I am never going to see anyone like this human ever,'” Jimmy said.

Jimmy Fallon: ‘O Captain! My Captain! You Will Be Missed

“For a taste of the divine madness of Robin Williams, here’s a clip of his first ever Tonight Show appearance with Johnny Carson.”

The clip is pretty incredible — it shows that Robin, when he was “on,” had absolutely no fear. Being on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a total make-or-break moment for comedians at the time, and yet Robin did not hesitate whatsoever in making a hilarious spectacle. As he was talking to Johnny, Robin jumped up from his chair and ran around the studio, confused the cameramen, and interacted directly with audience members.

Once the clip wrapped, Jimmy stood up on his desk and announced: “O Captain! My Captain! You will be missed,” in an homage to Robin’s Oscar-nominated role in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society.

HollywoodLifers, was Jimmy’s tribute fitting? Let us know.

– Amanda Michelle Steiner

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Posted at 12:32 AM on August 19, 2014  

rip robin you will be truly missed my lovely heaven has gained another angel xxxx

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Posted at 5:21 AM on August 14, 2014  

Reblogged this on Andreana Patrinos.

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Too sad

Posted at 9:30 PM on August 13, 2014  

This is so very sad, it’s even sadder that Mr Williams couldn’t really kno how many people his death would devastate! His family and friends the heart break is so clear. I wish he would have made a very different choice… I truly luved him in Mrs Doubtfure forever in our hearts & never forgotten💔heartbroken

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Ting Ryu

Posted at 11:49 AM on August 16, 2014  

Sadness now joins my thoughts when I think of Robin. Gentle humor, outlandish routines, and so much love inside him. I wish, I truly wish had know him in person. I hope wherever he is, he can see all of us missing him, and then he can borrow from Sally Fields and say “You like me, you really like me.” Damnit Robin, we loved you, and still do. Rest in peace..

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Posted at 6:23 PM on August 13, 2014  

robin Williams death is still so very new to us omg nice way more the lost of robin Williams touch many lives

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Posted at 5:00 PM on August 13, 2014  

very touching and how i think robin would have wanted to be remembered , we all stand on our desks,tables,etc and tip our hats to such a unbelievably talented and gracious soul may u rest in peace

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Posted at 1:25 PM on August 13, 2014  

At first, I thought that Jimmy made short shrift of Robin’s passing, or of his feelings about the loss. … But then I watched it again and I realized that Jimmy too is a comedy genius, and an utter professional, and that how he dealt with introducing the tragic topic was more related to how he’d already processed the loss (rather than the initial loss itself), and perhaps this approach made it a bit less overwhelming for him. I suppose what I’m saying is that Jimmy treated the tragedy like a newsman professional, and while clearly moved himself, yet he provided us with context, details and insights in a disinterested manner. Having watched the clip again for a few times, I’m more impressed with Jimmy’s emotional control, empathy skills and eloquence. Thanks.

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Posted at 1:14 PM on August 13, 2014  

Reblogged this on don't be like the rest of them darling and commented:
Watch this!! So touching and so appropriate!

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Posted at 12:19 PM on August 13, 2014  

I think you mean “Once the clip wrapped, Jimmy stood up on his desk and announced…” not Johnny.

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Amanda Michelle Steiner

Posted at 4:03 PM on August 13, 2014  

I sure did! Whoops. Thank you for pointing out.

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