Last night on Late Show, David Letterman delivered a 10-minute tribute to Robin Williams, a man he first met at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles 38 years ago.
The suicide of Robin Williams has seemingly affected the world of comedy and entertainment in a much more sincere and powerful way than most celebrity deaths. And Letterman has felt that pain as well. At the end of the tribute, Letterman laments, “I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering.”
“I think like most of us, I’ve been thinking about Robin Williams,” Letterman says at the top of his tribute. “I think about a week ago we found out that he had died. Many things come to mind in a situation like this and of course more questions are raised than could possibly be answered. But I started reflecting about it.”
Letterman begins telling the story of when he first met Williams; the iconic comedian started performing at The Comedy Store in character as a Scottish comedian, leaving Letterman and the other already established comedians worried that the new guy would steal their Hollywood fame. “We’re like morning dew and he comes in like a hurricane,” Letterman remembers. Williams was that good. Check out the full 10-minute segment below, which includes a montage featuring some of Williams’ 50 appearances on Letterman’s show.