Live From New York, It's Robin Williams: 6 of His 'SNL' Highlights
As we continue to reel from the news of Robin Williams's death, we try to remember all the times he made us laugh, from Mork & Mindy to Mrs. Doubtfire. Amid all those riches, you might not even remember that Williams brought his madcap comic genius to Saturday Night Live for three hosting stints in the 1980s. But he did — and luckily for us, there's video to prove it.
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Here, we look back on six SNL highlights Williams gave us over the years, from impersonating Ronald Reagan to bantering with Eddie Murphy.
"Monologue: Stand-Up" (1984)
Being the immensely talented stand-up comedian he was, Williams was right at home doing the traditional "SNL" monologue. Here, he turns his rapid-fire wit on the 1984 Winter Olympics and the perils of fatherhood. (His son Zachary was born the previous year.) It's hilarious stuff... that is, if you can look away from his enormous pleated pants long enough to hear it.
"Ronald Reagan News Conference" (1988)
His Reagan impression was a staple of his stand-up act, and Williams brought it to "SNL" in this sketch, with a dizzy Ronnie getting answers fed to him through an earpiece during a news conference. He does stumble a bit, though, when radio interference causes him to announce a crime in process, call out highlights from a Lakers game... and even (gasp) rap.