Here’s Robin Williams, on October 30, 2008, at the Tower Theater, Talking about the World Champion Phillies

Kyle Scott - August 26, 2014

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Last night, in his speech memorializing Robin Williams, Billy Crystal recounted a story about how Williams, who wasn’t a baseball fan, improvised as a Russian ballplayer while in the broadcast booth at a Mets game in 1989. Yahoo and Major League Baseball dug up that video today and, not surprisingly, it’s hilarious.

But that wasn’t Williams’ only baseball bit.

On October 30, 2008, during that memorable, surreal WFC week, Williams performed at the Tower Theater and opened with a 10-minute, seemingly improvised bit about the Phillies winning the World Series (“after 28 fucking years!”), the Phanatic, Upper Darby, baseball fans, Eagles fans (“you have the craziest fucking football fans in the world– you have a fucking judge in the basement of your stadium”), Michael Vick (pre-Eagles), and a joke about drunken celebrations and his alcoholism.

Here’s the audio, which was given to us by a friend of the site, on a CD-R. The quality is just OK, so you may need to turn up the volume:


Robin Williams: What a concept.


  • Mad Men August 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I read that Robin Williams’ depression was partly due to the fact that he was forced to take roles that he didn’t like or believe in, just for the money. He owed two ex-wives a total of $ 30 million per year in alimony.
    That’s just ridiculous. There needs to be some reform with the alimony issue. The guy wasn’t going to be capable of landing multi-million dollar roles for ever.

    • The One August 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Or bc he just got diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

    • real August 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      There is no point in speculating or rationalizing what many consider an irrational decision. Depression is real; it is a shame that he couldn’t/didn’t get the help he needed in time.

    • Bendu August 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      There is no way that he owed $30 million a year in Alimony. It’s asinine that you believed that.

  • AL Tru August 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    ” The tears of a clown, when there’s no one around “

    • Your Mother August 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Tru dat AL Tru

  • DelcoDiarrhea August 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I was at the Tower that night. The man killed it. His opening line: ” So this is Upper Darby?!?…………..Fu(k I’d hate to see lower Darby!”

    Brilliant. Sh!t .

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