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 Show, Jimmy 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. […]
“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.
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— Amanda Michelle Steiner