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What Robin Williams Hoped God Would Tell Him In Heaven

08/12/2014 11:03 am ET | Updated Aug 12, 2014

In 2001, "Inside The Actors Studio" host James Lipton interviewed Robin Williams and asked him to share his thoughts on what heaven might be like. Though many guests had answered this question before and many answered it after, the beloved comedian's answer remains singular.

"If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?" inquired Lipton.

"There's seating near the front," Williams said with a quiet laugh, looking not at Lipton or the audience, but up above him. "The concert begins at five, it'll be Mozart, Elvis and one of your choosing."

But he also said he didn't need God to address him directly. "If heaven exists, to know that there's laughter, that'd be a good thing," he said. "Just to hear God go, 'Two Jews walk into a bar.'"

A thoughtful artist who brought depth to his comedy and warmed the hearts of all those around him, the 63-year-old Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, California, home on Monday.

Though we've lost one of the funniest men on the planet, it's hard to imagine anywhere he could go where there wouldn't be laughter.

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