August 13th, 2014
09:45 AM ET

Gilbert Gottfried: Robin Williams' Generous Heart

Editor's note: Gilbert Gottfried is a comedian and actor. Follow him on Twitter @realgilbert. Listen to his podcast, "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast!" The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.


It always made me laugh to hear stories about the insanity that would go on between Robin Williams and Gilbert Gottfried during the making of the movie "Aladdin." The truth was Robin and I didn't bump into each other once during the making of that film. I recorded the Parrot role, and he recorded the Genie separately. So when I saw the film for the first time at the premiere, I was able to laugh along with the rest of the audience at Robin's performance. I had never heard it before.

Where I did run into Robin quite often was in the place where he was most at home, in the comedy clubs. Robin would pop into places like Catch a Rising Star and the Improv in New York, would run onstage and just explode. I remember in particular one night, back in those days, when he was hot from his TV hit, "Mork and Mindy," and I wasn't yet well-known. I was just building a reputation in comedy circles, and I was about to go up onstage at the Improv.


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