We could all use a good laugh right about now. And Robin Williams delivers quite a few on his new Youtube channel curated by Time Life. The legendary comedian and actor left us several years ago, but his timeless humor will forever live on in our hearts and our screens in this time of need. For April Fools’ Day, laughter really is the best medicine.
This new Youtube channel will be the official digital home for Robin Williams and his classic stand-up. There will be sketches, exclusive extras and some surprises. The channel is launching with five clips. Then a new clip will debut each and every week. You can take a look at the introduction trailer below.
While Robin Williams started performing stand-up comedy in the mid-’70s, most of America first fell in love with him as the naïve and hilarious alien from the planet Ork in Mork & Mindy. He became an instant superstar and went on to do five HBO stand-up specials and dozens of feature films. Robin performed steadily for nearly four decades-from comedy clubs to stadiums, from talk shows to USO tours-and continually amazed audiences with his frenetic energy and unbelievably quick wit.
This April Fools’ Day, the comedy connoisseurs at Time Life will launch The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel, celebrating Robin’s comic genius. Whether you know Robin from the stage or from the screen, as a comedian, an alien, or a genie-home audiences can subscribe to the channel and be prepared to laugh and cry at unforgettable and hilarious performances by the singular talent.
Upon launch, the channel will feature classic live performance clips hand-picked from Robin’s HBO stand-up specials, including his uproarious sketch on the beginnings of golf (Live on Broadway, 2002), his emotional “Spark of Madness” (Off the Wall, 1978) and a hilarious and detailed account of his run-in with the famous signing gorilla, Koko (Live on Broadway). Also featured at launch are exclusive, recently shot interview clips with comedian Lewis Black on “Becoming Friends with Robin Williams” and David Steinberg, Williams’ longtime manager and friend holding forth with an “Inside Look on Robin Williams’ Genius.” Each week following the launch, the comedy mavens at Time Life will post a brand new clip to the channel. Of the channel, Steinberg says this.
“What a great time to enjoy the gift of Robin’s genius. Who doesn’t need a laugh?”
The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel follows on the heels of Time Life’s release of Robin Williams: comedic Genius}, a trio of DVD collections celebrating the iconic comedian’s 40-year career. Included in the releases, decades in the making, is a completeist’s 22-disc set featuring 50+ hours of improvisational brilliance, a 5-disc collector’s set, and a single disc featuring Robin’s first HBO stand-up special. All DVD releases also feature newly produced featurettes and exclusive interviews.