Norm Macdonald, a friend and colleague of Robin Williams, shared a poignant and touching anecdote about the beloved actor Tuesday.
In the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story, posted on Twitter, the comedian remembers his first encounter with "the funniest man in the world," who comforted a young Macdonald as he nervously sat in a dressing room prior to his first stand-up appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
The hashtag #RIPRobinWilliams ends each tweet, giving each line of the story a poetically repetitive quality.
It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world. #RIPRobinWilliams
I was a punk kid from rural Ontario and I was in my dressing room, terrified. #RIPRobinWilliams
I was on the phone to a friend back home when the funniest man in the world ambled by. #RIPRobinWilliams
There was no one else on the floor. In shock, I told my friend who just walked by. Only the funniest man in the world. #RIPRobinWilliams
I guess he heard me say his name, cause in an instant he was at my side. #RIPRobinWilliams
He was a jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, asked which way I dressed. #RIPRobinWilliams
I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam. #RIPRobinWilliams
My friend didn't believe me so I said, "Could you talk to my friend, sir. #RIPRobinWilliams
The funniest man in the world took the phone and for ten minutes took my friend's chinese food order. #RIPRobinWilliams
I laughed and laughed and it was like I was in a dream because no one else was there. No one. #RIPRobinWilliams
The place was out of Moo Shoo Pork, and there was nothing he could do about it. #RIPRobinWilliams
He angrily hung up on my friend and I was about to thank him when he said I hadn't even tried the jacket on. #RIPRobinWilliams
Then the funniest man on earth dressed me, a complete stranger, and i remember he ended with a windsor knot. #RIPRobinWilliams
He spoke mostly yiddish, but when he finished he was happy with his job and turned me to a mirror to present myself to me.#RIPRobinWilliams
No one witnessed any of this. No one. #RIPRobinWilliams
The funniest man alive was in my dressing room a good half-hour and was far funnier than the set I had to do soon.#RIPRobinWilliams
ll of a sudden it was, had to. #RIPRobinWilliams
When he left my dressing room, I felt alone. As alone as I ever remember feeling. #RIPRobinWilliams
Until today. #RIPRobinWilliams