Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 August 11, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in Mork & Mindy (197882), Williams established a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.

His words speak for themselves: Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?

I basically started performing for my mother, going, "Love me!" What drives you to perform is the need for that primal connection. When I was little, my mother was funny with me, and I started to be charming and funny for her, and I learned that by being entertaining, you make a connection with another person.

The bad thing about being a famous comedian is that every now and then someone approaches me to tell an old joke. Don't tell me jokes - I have that. People also say the weirdest things, sometimes sarcastic things, and even evil things. They like to provoke to get a reaction.

We've had cloning in the South for years. It's called cousins.

I wonder what chairs think about all day: "Oh, here comes another asshole."

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