I’m a fan of Robin Williams, but not a big one.*
I’m less of a fan of the late Richard Pryor.
I’m not a fan of roasts either.
But for some reason I watched this one. And Robin Williams was in it.
As I do, I followed up with a little research on IMDB and Wikipedia, and I found out that the roast was the last episode of The Richard Pryor Show, and that this show was Robin Williams big break. He isn’t even credited in this video of the show’s first episode, where he has lines around the 21 minute mark.
* I don’t want to say I approve of suicide. But I do believe that some people are so troubled that I should respect their choice; I don’t live in their shoes. If any public figure in my lifetime seemed like they were wired so differently from me that I should respect their choice, it was Robin Williams. R.I.P.
FWIW: A day after posting this, I continue to reflect on the weirdness of this. I watched that Richard Pryor roast over the first 8 days of August (I watched a little bit here and there as I exercised each morning). Robin Williams appears as a roaster. After doing that research, I found the first episode of the show, and started watching it on Saturday (1-2 skits per day). Williams death was announced on Monday. I first saw the skit showing his first appearance on Tuesday morning … without planning it. Weird.