For many of us around the world, the news of Robin Williams passing shivered our funny bone and darkened our hearts. Earlier this week, the “wire” was flooded with tragic outpours about the life of a comedic genius fading to black. Robin Williams, a man that had battled with personal demons for many decades had sadly taken his own life. As the story continues to unfold we’ve come to learn that his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease may have left him feeling even more uncomfortable. Robin brought a great deal of joy to millions of people around the world, as well as some animals (eg. Koko the Gorilla).
His electric personality and rapid fluency from character to character was a demonstration of pure comedic genius. As a student of Julliard, Robin embodied skills that couldn’t be taught, only tailored. Very few in this world can exhibit such rapid transition without losing the interest of their audience. One particular captivated audience was along Yew street (near Cornwall) at the former Urban Well (now Hapa Beach). Robin would often perform sets, greet locals and at times sit in amongst the crowd to enjoy the show. For many he was just Robin, for others he was the performer that knew no bounds. Robin’s tireless efforts to toy with our emotions is what has made him a household name across many generations. This legendary man has impacted our life and will forever be a part of all of us. For generations to come, Mr. Williams will continue to make us cherish the arts.
From all of us at Kitsilano Connection, we wish the Williams family eternal peace. Robin an audience of a thousand smiles awaits you.