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Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Conan O’Brien are the only three late night comics taping new episodes this week, which means that they all had to pay tribute to Robin Williams. O’Brien had the overwhelming responsibility of breaking the news to his audience on Monday night’s show. Fallon and Meyers took time during their Tuesday episodes to give emotional tributes to their idol.
Fallon was visibly holding back tears as he opened The Tonight Show with his tribute. He called Williams the “Muhammad Ali of comedy,” praising Williams for his lightning-fast delivery during stand-up and urging fans to use YouTube to check out his performances.
Then, Fallon shows a clip of Williams’ first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In it, Williams couldn’t sit still, moving all around the studio and having a ball making the cameraman angry.
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After that, Fallon did his best Dead Poets Society reference, standing on his desk and said, “Oh captain, my captain, you will be missed.”
On Late Night, Meyers shared memories of working in a video store growing up and always hearing Williams work. He took the time to mention that Williams struggled with depression and hoped that his death could help educate us about it.
O’Brien heard about Williams’ death during the taping of Monday’s episode. He took a chunk of Tuesday night’s show to again pay tribute to him.
Williams died at age 63 due to hanging.
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