Chris Rock Remembers His 'Mentor' Robin Williams


Rock: Nah, I mean it wasn’t a surprise. Comedians can be a sad bunch, you know. You know what’s the saying? Ignorance is bliss. So if ignorance is bliss, what’s the opposite of ignorance? Must not be bliss. And your job as a comedian, you know, is basically to notice everything. And the better the comedian, the more aware he or she is of the world around them. So you know, it can be not a happy place. Sometimes you can have too much information. Sometimes you can know too much. So no, I was not, I’m never shocked at a comedian dealing with depression.

ABC: Lastly, I want to ask you, do you have a favorite movie, a favorite episode, a favorite routine of Robin’s?

Rock: Man I used to love Elmer Fudd and Apocalypse Now. Duh-how-uh, duh-how-uh, that was great man. Mrs. Doubtfire, I loved what is it, ‘One Hour Photo?’ You know, the Chris Nolan movie he did. I mean he was a great comedic actor, a great dramatic actor. But as big a movie star as he was, Robin Williams will go down in history as one of the great stand-up comedians of all time.

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