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  • Last night, we were taping our show

  • when we got the terrible news that

  • Robin Williams had died, and

  • we acted pretty much, we were stunned

  • And talked about it a little bit with Will Arnett here on the show

  • But it's an impossible thing to process, obviously

  • And here we are now 24 hours later

  • and it felt appropriate just to take a moment here

  • and talk about this absolutely incredible man

  • How he touched all of our lives

  • Yeah, really. –Such a fantastically funny guy and everybody knows that side of him

  • What I think a lot of people don't know and you're starting to hear all these stories come out

  • Is how he was crazily generous, he was so generous

  • Such a nice person

  • Yeah, and not just in a material way, but with his time

  • I mean, you know, he's spent so much time entertaining the troops

  • Which I didn't really know about, which means

  • Cause he didn't talk about it

  • He didn't talk about it- He didn't talk, and he just did it

  • You know, he didn't do it for publicity

  • He did it because

  • and I think the department in defense even

  • issued a statement in gratitude for all the work he'd done for the troops

  • He was generous in so many ways. He just set such a generous spirit as well

  • I knew Robin just in show business

  • and we did a few projects, benefits and things together

  • He'd been a guest on the show

  • And for my money, best talk show guest ever, probably

  • Just really brilliantly funny and

  • that's obvious to everyone, what a brilliant talent he was

  • But just as a quick example of what he was like

  • A bunch of years ago.

  • Five years ago I went through publicly, kind of a bump in the road and I was feeling a little low

  • Out of the blue,

  • Robin Williams buys me a bicycle

  • And it sounds like silly thing, you know

  • Like he was the first person to buy me a bicycle since my parents bought me a bicycle

  • When I was 35.

  • But I was, you know, kind of low,

  • and Robin loved to ride and I loved to ride

  • And he bought me a bicycle but this is so Robin Williams

  • He bought me this bicycle

  • and he had it delivered to my house

  • And it was the most absurd bicycle you've ever seen

  • Yeah, it looked like a Mardi Gras parade.

  • It did! It was beautiful It did! It was beautiful and really top-notch

  • Yeah, but it was bright orange and bright green and had shamrocks on it

  • So I called Robin up. I mean, who does that?

  • I didn't know him well enough to justify

  • this kind ofYou didn't get me anything. And..

  • I knew you had a bike

  • Yeah, so I called him up and I just said,

  • "Robin, I'm flooded by this bike."

  • And all he would say is that, "Well, I knew you ride and I knew you could use it"

  • And he went, "Does it look ridiculous? Does it really look ridiculous?"

  • And I said, "Yeah, it looks ridiculous." And he went, "Good.

  • Do you look really stupid riding it"

  • And I said, "Yeah, I'm gonna look stupid" and he's like,

  • "Well, then that's good then."

  • He had just that amazing spirit of fun.

  • The generosity, but also the fun at the same time.

  • And so often, I would just look at that silly bike and think,

  • "What a wonderful spirit! What an amazing spirit!"

  • And we know now that he had his battles. He had his

  • He's a… he's an

  • And I think he's very courageous. I think it's particularly courageous for someone

  • to be that generous of spirit

  • in the face of that kind of depression

  • Just such a lovely, special man

  • We wanted to do one thing tonight, which is

  • you can talk about Robin or you can just

  • let him have the floor

  • So we put together just a couple of, a few moments

  • from his visits with us over the years

  • And we thought it might just be nice to go back

  • and have a visit

  • Let's do that right now

  • I had a parrot once and do not, in any form,

  • put them in your bedroom cause you think it'd be lovely to wake up to the parrot

  • Because they hear everything

  • And there, you'll have the bird out and it'll one day be sitting there and you'll be thinking,

  • "what a lovely bird!" and it'll go, "Not in the ass!"

  • This is the hairiest man I've ever seen in my life

  • It is frightening. It is an amazing thing.

  • I've actually been at the zoo and had monkeys go,

  • "what are you doing outside?"

  • Occasionally, I've had to do a thing where they, you know, for certain movies I've had to wax, and I had a lady

  • You've done that actually? –Once.

  • and it was like this woman, half way through she said, "Do you mind if I take a break?"

  • You feel like you should have like people on your back going,

  • Nobody knows

  • the trouble I've seen,

  • taking the hair off Robin

  • So I couldn't have a stiff drink,

  • Or maybe have a really long talk

  • for the executives at NBC.

  • *Beep* the bastards that can't take a joke!

  • *Beep* the bastards that can't take a joke!

  • He's the best talk show guest in the world. He's Robin Williams

  • Thank you very much

  • The best talk show guest in the world

  • Robin, thank you for so many deliriously funny moments

  • and for so much happiness that you brought so many people

  • We'll take a break. When we come back

  • Damon Wayans, Jr. is here. We'll see you in a second

Last night, we were taping our show

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Conan Remembers Robin Williams, The Best Talk Show Guest In The World

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