In this episode of WTF, Marc pays Robin Williams a visit to talk about his four decade long career in comedy. He starts out reminiscing about Richard Pryor and comedy in the late 70’s then the subject changes to sobriety. Williams was 20 years sober before a relatively recent relapse. What caused this? Alaska. He says he was up there shooting a movie and felt isolated. It started with a tiny bottle of Jack and a week later he was hiding big bottles. He battled with alcoholism for three more years after that.
This episode also addresses accidentally stealing material when improving, Williams’s heart surgery, vulnerability, how coming up with new ideas is like a high, how Williams pissed off the prime minister of Australia and it comes to a close with a brief conversation between Robin and his conscious.