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When someone like Robin Williams dies it prematurely speeds up life and forces you to stare down directly into the face of mortality. You feel frightened and helpless because, spoiler alert: you are very, very mortal. You always are and will always be.
Everyone who has seen Sunday's episode of True Blood "Love is to Die" knows that Ginger scored a major victory this week. The result was one of the series' greatest-ever, and certainly one of its funniest scenes.
With the overwhelming hardship of losing a beloved performer a few days ago, I thought I'd try to cast a little happiness and tell the world about how, today, I met Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic aren't just any celebrity couple; they are a couple you want to root for. I talked with Giuliana and Bill on opening day of RPM Steak and had a down-to-earth Q&A with the affable couple about parenting, romance, and their coping strategies during the tough times.
When it was time, finally time, to end our conversation, Robin asked me, "Is there anything I can do for you?" He had that sound in his voice. You know it when you hear it. I'm sure he appreciated how delicate was the fiber upon which my life balanced, how badly the odds were lined up against me.
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Just as the Beatles (especially John) found a kindred spirit in singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson -- so did the Python members find a joyous soulmate in Robin Williams. It was love at first laugh. And it was a fully-consummated mutual admiration.
It's surreal because I haven't seen Robin for many years, yet he's so connected to me due to his close involvement in the biggest role of my career in Hook where he played Peter Pan and I played the punk kid who took over as leader of the Lost Boys when he left Neverland... Rufio.
He loved us all so much, and wanted so much for us to be entertained. He was put on this planet to make us laugh, and to make us not just enjoy his talent but to feel it. We saw his talent, we felt his heart.
Robin Williams' death is national news precisely because his clowning and personality as our country's court jester were appreciated across social and political divides; he was our collective voice of comedy.
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Even though I had not spoken with Robin in a very long time, I always assumed there would be some future opportunity to tell him that his letter changed my life. It taught me that you stand up for the things that matter. And even if your attempts fail, you tried. You told the truth. You took care of your friends. You fought back.
Few artistic beasts were able to grab lightening, stuff it into a bottle, break the bottle open and then wrestle with the lightning before swallowing it whole and leaping back onto his feet for another comedic feat. That was Williams. On the outside.
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I had the great opportunity to share a meal with Robin Williams. Let me clarify, in no way were we close. But in that moment, talking with him, seeing that man that so changed my life, who in unexplainable ways has contributed to my being an openly gay writer/comedian, I'm overwhelmed with emotion.
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