Ode to Robin Williams: “You are only given a little spark of madness ~ don’t lose it!”

by faithgibson on September 6, 2014


Link to 4-min excerpt of Robin Williams’ 1978 performance 

Post from “Upworthiness” August 2014

There’s been a quote going around attributed to Robin Williams that goes as follows: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Here’s where it came from. He was performing at the Roxy in 1978 for a brand new comedy special on a little known network called HBO. In the audience were a surprising group of people. Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Tony Danza before he was famous, and even John Ritter, who does a weird round of improv with Williams at the end of the video.

I’ve included just the moment that sort of kept me sane as a kid. …   It’s a delightful 5 minutes. If you’d like to watch the whole special, excerpts of which were used to create Robin Williams’ first album, “Reality … What A Concept,” you can start it from the beginning.



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