Tuesday, 12 August 2014

RIP: Robin Williams

Saddened to note the passing of one of the true legends of comedy - Robin Williams - whose rapid fire delivery and wit graced any number of movies and other events, and who had, according to his publicist, been battling severe depression. One of the rare, genuinely funny comics who didn't have to base his act entirely on the modern trend for getting laughs out of a character's embarrassment or discomfort.

There are two things I'd like to note:

First, and most important - depression is a real issue. Jason Manford, in response to Robin Williams' death, posted this, from which I quote:
"If depression can (allegedly) kill Robin Williams, one of the world's greatest funny men, well it can get any of us at any time.
"If the Genie from Aladdin can suffer and the DJ in Good Morning Vietnam can be affected by it, then so can you, or your child or friend or work colleague,"
[...]
"Please. Ask for help. If you have no one or if you don't want to to tell them yet, then ring Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 for someone to talk to, or talk to your GP.
"The world needs you even if you don't think it does. I promise, we need you here, now."
Secondly, and on a lighter note (and why I'm posting this, at least in part)...

I never knew Robin Williams was a wargamer! Apparently he was both a 40K player and a Civil War/Napoleonic gamer.

3 comments:

  1. I generally don't get swept up in the cult of celebrity but Robin Williams was one of the few I always felt had true talent. Hearing of his death this morning I actually paused for a moment. One of my favourite films of his the-'Fisher King'.

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  2. It's been a real shock to learn that he committed suicide. What you posted of Jason Manson is a call of attention and I take good note; sadly I have a much loved relative going thorugh this illness and despite the years he's still in the pit...

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  3. A true comedy genius, and loved around the world, but it seems he had his demons. He'll be much missed.

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