Indy comedians react to Robin Williams’ death

(Provided Photo/Steve Hofstetter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —News of Robin Williams’ death sent shock-waves throughout the local Indianapolis comedy scene.

Williams was remembered as a humble man, a man who took the time to help his fellow comedians, including those right here in Indianapolis.

“He was one of the greats,” said local comedian and radio show host, Dave “The King” Wilson. “I mean literally one of the people that we all looked up to and that voice is gone.”

Wilson had a run-in with Williams at one of his shows at Improv Comedy Club in Los Angeles in the 80’s.

“He had watched me on stage and said, ‘I heard the bit you did, it was very funny,’ the validation you get from something like that, from somebody like Robin Williams,” said Wilson

Another local comedian, Steve Hofstetter of Morty’s Comedy Joint on East 96th street s issued a statement following a similar interaction with Williams a decade ago

I met Robin Williams a decade ago when I was producing a show in LA. He stopped by to do some time, and despite him being light-years ahead of the rest of us, couldn’t have been more gracious, humble, or accommodating. At the end of the night, I asked him for a picture. He gave me a giant bear hug, and said, “how bout now?” It’s one of my favorite moments of my comedy life, and I treasure it all the more now that I know I’ll never had another. Unfortunately, the worlds of comedy and tragedy intersect too often. We lose too many comedians, too young. The world is a little less funny today.

As for Wilson, he’s now guiding young comedians at Crackers Comedy Clubs Downtown and in Broad Ripple. He said the reason why we hear about these tragedies so often with comedians is because they hide their pain with comedy, by creating a character.

Wilson said he will offer any help he can to them to try to prevent this in the future.

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