But for his legions of local fans and regulars at the Throckmorton Theatre‘s Tuesday Night Comedy show, it seems like just yesterday that he’d regularly pop in for unannounced sets that left audiences delirious and exhausted.
For those diehards and anyone who wants to bask in the laughter and the memories, the Throckmorton is hosting Robin Williams Birthday Celebration, “a showcase of comedy and stories from performers who knew and loved him.” Tickets are $22-40 and all proceeds from the evening go towards the Throckmorton Theatre’s Creative Inspiration Fund, “in honor of Robin’s enduring legacy of creative inspiration, collaboration, and mentorship.”
“For more than 10 years, the Throckmorton Theatre was honored with the extraordinary gift of Robin Williams showing up backstage, onstage, and in the audience,” organizers said in announcing the event. “Robin’s genius and generosity inspired magnificent artistry on the Throckmorton’s stage and around the world, and he continues to deeply affect the Throckmorton’s creative endeavors.”
The event comes at a time when Williams’ life is getting worldwide attention once again with the release of Marina Zenovich’s documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, which premiered this week on HBO, and New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff’s recently released biography Robin. “Both respectfully try to shed some light on Williams’ craft and life and the ways in which one informed the other,” according to Rolling Stone. “And both succeed, albeit for different reasons.
The 411: Throckmorton Theatre hosts Robin Williams Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 21 at 8pm. 142 Throckmorton Avenue. Tickets are $22-40. MORE INFO & TIX.