I wish we could have had a Robin Williams Week (like Shark Week only funny) before he died, when we could have watched his old clips and laughed out loud. Instead it took his death to appreciate what a truly talented person he was. I also remembered I have a lot in common with him. We are both politically liberal, Californians, cyclists and huge bike racing fans.
Of course his fame made it possible to ride in the team car behind Lance Armstrong when he was tearing up the Tour de France. (He subsequently expressed his disappointment in Lance and still loves cycling.)
I am enjoying old interviews with Robin Williams because 1) he talks about cycling, 2) he shares my disdain for France. (My recent adventure has confirmed that I have had enough of France and French attitudes for a lifetime.) For example, on Fresh Air they replayed a 2006 interview between Terry Gross and Robin Williams and this line almost took me off the road, “When I speak French in Paris they say to me ‘Stop speaking French. No. Speak englais.’ Then they give their baby a cigarette.”
He really lets loose on The Daily Show. Check out the second interview where he riffs on the French for much longer.
And go ahead and laugh out loud. It is the best way to honor Robin Williams.