Friday, June 10, 2022

Quote of the Week: Nanu Nanu! Shazbot!

Once again the clips begin, interspersed with footage of Williams's stand-up over the years. Watching his live act over almost two decades - the endless reel of cocaine jokes and spoofs of Valley-speak - drives home two little-acknowledged facts: First, Robin Williams is a really good, competent actor when he shuts up, which is never. And this is too bad because, second, Robin Williams isn't actually all that funny. He is the Billy Joel of comedy, accessibly catchy in the initial moment, but with the shelf life of yogurt.

 - David Rakoff, "The Best Medicine," p.118 in Fraud

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