There’s something especially heartbreaking about seeing comedians—who usually bring smiles to our faces—mourn the loss of one of their own, Robin Williams.
The latest star who has proven this to be true is David Letterman, who paid tribute to his friend of more than 40 years on The Late Show last night.
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He remembered meeting the late 63-year-old at The Comedy Store with his pal George Miller, back when they were all just beginning their careers in comedy.
“We’re like morning dew [and] he comes in like a hurricane,” Dave said of his late friend.
“And the longer he’s on stage, the worse we feel about ourselves because it’s not stopping! Then he finishes and I thought, ‘Well, that’s it. They’re gonna have to put an end to show business because what could happen after this?’”
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The talk show host went on to remember how Robin helped launch his career by giving him a guest spot on Mork and Mindy, and recalled what an amazing guest he had been on the late night show, having made more than 50 appearances during Dave’s stint as a talk show host.
During those appearances, two things would always happen, he said.
“One, I didn’t have to do anything. All I had to do was sit here and watch the machine. And two, people would watch if they knew Robin was on the show,” he said. “People were drawn to him because of this electricity, whatever it was that he radiated that propelled him and powered him.”
After playing a montage filled with memories of the two funny guys, the Late Show host ended on a somber note.
“What I will add here is that, beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I am sorry I, like everybody else, had no idea that the man was in pain and the man was suffering,” he said.
Watch the tribute: