Millions of people are sharing their fond memories of the late Robin Williams, who tragically passed away yesterday. Among those paying tribute was Norm MacDonald, who told an almost-unbelievable tale involving Robin.
In a series of tweets, each punctuated with "#RIPRobinWilliams," MacDonald told the story of his first time on David Letterman's show. Robin Williams was also on the show that night, which only made Norm's anxiety worse.
It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world. #RIPRobinWilliams— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014
Norm was talking to a friend on the phone in his dressing room and describing the situation when Robin walked by. Norm told his friend what just happened, and Robin overheard his name – so he decided to drop in for a visit.
He was a jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, asked which way I dressed. #RIPRobinWilliams— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014
I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam. #RIPRobinWilliams— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014
What followed was a legendary half hour of Norm's life with Robin Williams, who also took his phone from him and took his friend's Chinese takeout order and tied Norm's tie in a windsor knot. You can read the entire story on his Twitter feed.
Below is a collection of other celebrities paying tribute to the late Robin Williams. You will be missed, Robin.
I can't believe my lovely friend is gone. My heart goes out to his wife and his beloved children. He brought us so much joy and laughter.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) August 11, 2014
"But doctor, I AM Pagliacci." That's the only way this makes sense. Can't stand thinking of him being that sad. #RIPRobinWilliams— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 11, 2014
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
Devastating news about @robinwilliams — knew him a little and liked him a whole lot more. A brain wired like no other and so so kind.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 12, 2014
We lost Robin...1st witnessed his genius as he created Mork B4 our eyes in 2 hrs on set. A Force. A Sweet Soul. A Brilliant Artist. RIP— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 12, 2014
Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 11, 2014
The first autograph I ever got: Dear money, send mom. Robin Williams— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) August 11, 2014