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Robin Williams leaves lasting effects on comedy community

By: Megan Conway

mconway@klkntv.com 

KLKN's entertainment reporter, Bob Rook, toured the stand–up comedy circuit for 12 years. He worked alongside such entertainers as Lewis Black, and Rosanne–...one of the greats he crossed was Robin Williams.

Rook says the comedy community is shaken by the legendary comedian's death. "We all kind of felt like something got ripped away," says Rook.

The impact Robin Williams made on the comedy community was profound. He was able to connect with audiences of all types and ages. If you've ever watched Williams perform on stage, he was a kinetic ball of energy. But what truly made him exceptional were the jokes he made about himself.

"That is a true sign of a true comedian, if you can look in the mirror and make your life funny," says Rook.

He and others who worked with Williams never had a negative experience with him. He was always respectful of the business and genuinely cared about other comedians. Rook was astounded by Williams' ability to improv.

"It was a different act every night and that was his improve skills, they were amazing," says Rook. 

Not many people know Williams trained first to become an actor at the Julliard School of Music. It wasn't until later that he got into comedy.

"He was able to bring his character to life on stage," says Rook.

Williams was able to touch everyone around him, not only as a comedian, but also as a performer. Rook says the comedy world is now missing a foundational piece.

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