In 1983, Robin Williams was known for his role as Mork in Mork & Mindy, as Popeye from his 1980 movie Popeye, and as the leading character in The World According to Garp in 1982. He was still doing standup comedy on a regular basis, but he hadn’t appeared on that many talk shows at the time. That’s why this appearance in 1983 on Late Night with David Letterman was so special. While the audience wasn’t quite sure how to take Robin’s constant impressions, jokes, and sarcasm, you could tell that Dave truly appreciated his humor by the way he laughed wholeheartedly at so many of Robin’s stories.
Enjoy this look back at Robin Williams on Late Night With David Letterman back in 1983!