I’ve always liked Billy Crystal. No, would never go see him do his standup act when he was in the area, but if I ran across it on television, I’d watch. No, would never go to the movies to see him in one, but would rent some of his movies at Blockbuster from time to time. “When Harry Met Sally” is a good example of that.
I think you’re getting the idea. I like him just fine, but I’ve never gone out of my way to “find Billy Crystal.”
That’s changing a little bit for me now—especially since Robin Williams passed away. Now this was a person I would go out of my way to find.
I loved the Robin Williams tribute that Billy did at the Emmy Awards. Billy was on Jimmy Fallon last week and when he was talking about Robin, you would tell his words were coming right from his heart.
Here. You can click here to watch it. This will be worth five minutes of your time, I promise you.
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I promise you this will not turn into a blog about the death of Robin Williams and/or his depression. Just bear with me for one more blog post about it, then I’ll move on. Well, maybe I will. I can always change my mind. You know, it’s my blog.
In talking to friends and listening to some in the media about the death of Robin Williams, many don’t understand how he could leave his wife and kids behind. How could he do this horrible thing to his family? As Dick Cavett says in a Time Magazine piece, “Easy.” Cavett also had more to say about Robin and depression over at The Huffington Post.
Cavett has suffered from depression for years, so he knows what he’s talking about. Unless you have gone through this miserable state of mind, you don’t know what the feeling is like.
I know the feeling. I’ve been there.
There is no joy, there is no happiness. Good news and/or bad news—it’s all the same news. You can feel the clouds gathering in your head. The clouds are over a dark road that you think will never end. You’re looking for the exit that simply isn’t there. Sometimes you feel like the only exit is to die.
There’s no doubt that each of us who suffer from depression suffer from it in different ways and in different degrees. I attempted to describe my feelings about it in a CityBeat column back in April of 2009.
For me and for Cavett, we have found ways to deal with this illness. In Robin’s case, I don’t know what drove him to the edge or why he decided to take that final exit. What I do know is that it’s extremely sad.
(Photo of Dick Cavett from CBS News)
I can honestly say I have never listened to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show because I have no interest in it or him. Having said that, in the news, I have read about some of the stupid things he has said—stupid things that his devoted audience must love. You know, stupid loves stupid.
Of course Limbaugh has his view on the death and apparent suicide of Robin Williams. Limbaugh is saying Robin killed himself because of his “leftist world views.” You can click here if you’re interested in reading more of his remarks filled with stupidity.
Now he’s attempting to backtrack on what he said, but no, you idiot, you’re on record as having said it. Do we need to play you the tape?
I know. I shouldn’t be bringing attention to this asshole except for the fact I really need to call him that in a blog post.
Asshole. There. I said it twice. Mission accomplished.
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You all know by now Robin Williams is no longer with us. He passed away on August 11 apparently by suicide.
Robin had a long history of depression. I’ve been there myself and it’s not a pretty road. You think it’s a road that is never going to end until you finally realize you need help. That’s how it was for me but I don’t know how it was for Robin.
I remember him on “Mork and Mindy.” This came on in 1978. It was a show that started off quite funny in its first season and then the producers decided to fix something that wasn’t broken. The show was never as good after the fixing.
As far as his stand up, I was a fan of Robin’s 90% of the time. With the other 10%, he was just a little too much for me to take. It was almost as if he was too funny.
I remember him appearing on “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” That program is now edited down to an hour but when he was on it, it wasn’t edited at all. I’ve watched it more than a few times. It’s riveting television.
His television show, “The Crazy Ones,” which came on last season, kind of looked like it was funny—at least from the few clips I’ve seen. I never did get around to watching the show. That was the case with a lot of people I guess. It was canceled after one season.
I’ve seen just about all of his movies and enjoyed every single one of them. I also realized yesterday that every movie I went to see of his, I went because he was in it. Because of that, I know that the movie would probably be pretty decent. Robin was one of my favorite actors.
There’s no doubt about it that he was a genius in a lot of ways. I’m sorry he’s gone.
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