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Pierce Brosnan Tells Conan About Working with Robin Williams on 'Mrs. Doubtfire'

On last night's Conan, Pierce Brosnan looked back on his time working with Robin Williams in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire and told a story about the "beautiful" shrimp choking scene that made the Heimlich maneuver famous. Brosnan is too classy to get into the dirty details, but his attempt at impersonating Williams's off-camera wisecracks is certainly admirable.

Watch Robin Williams in Three 'SCTV' Sketches from 1982

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

To pay tribute to the passing of comedy legend Robin Williams, this week Second City has released three exclusive sketches from his appearance on SCTV in 1982. First up is the above sketch "Movie of the Week: The Bowery Boys in the Band" costarring [...]

Comedy Legend Robin Williams Dies at 63

Comedy legend and beloved Hollywood star Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. According to a report by police in Marin County, California, the Oscar-winning actor died this morning of an apparent suicide. "Robin Williams passed away this morning," said his spokesperson Mara Buxbaum. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Williams's wife Susan Schneider also released the following statement:

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human [...]

9 Sitcom Actors Who Should Make a Comeback

Tomorrow night marks the premiere of two new half-hour comedies starring performers who have each been out of the sitcom world for over a decade. NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show sees the title actor, who got his start on Family Ties, in his first leading role since stepping down from Spin City to spend more time with his family following a Parkinson's diagnosis in 2000, while CBS's The Crazy Ones marks Robin Williams's return to the format and his first regular TV role since Mork & Mindy went off the air in 1982. While it's exciting to see Fox and Williams back doing the kinds of shows that gave them [...]

CBS Orders Comedy Series Starring Robin Williams, Will Arnett, and Anna Faris

CBS today announced that they've picked up four new comedy series for the fall. Here's the rundown on the new shows:

Mom comes from co-creator Chuck Lorre and stars Anna Faris as a newly-sober single mother working as a waitress in Napa Valley. The Millers comes from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia and stars Will Arnett as a newly-divorced guy whose parents move in with him. Crazy Ones is a father-daughter workplace comedy created by David E. Kelley that stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The network's final new comedy, We Are Men, stars Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, and Jerry O'Connell as four guys [...]

David Letterman Dedicates Ten Minutes of 'Late Show' to Robin Williams

During last night's Late Show, David Letterman set aside ten minutes for a touching tribute to his friend and late actor Robin Williams. In the tribute, Letterman looks back on the first time he met Williams at The Comedy Store in LA, the time Williams gave Letterman a part in Mork & Mindy, and his nearly 50 appearances on Letterman's late night talk shows on NBC and CBS.

Trying to Know Robin Williams

Robin was a part of my life from the very beginning.

I was born just after my father made Dead Poets Society, and Robin became a close friend of my parents. I slept in his daughter Zelda's crib as a baby, and went with his family to Disneyland for the first time when I was not even a toddler. I remember him in short swaths — short bullet points along the timeline of my life. Time with him was often sparse, and moreso as I got older. But he was always a part of it. When I went over to my mother's apartment tonight, and she embraced me, sobbing [...]

A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Sequel Is in the Works with Robin Williams Attached

THR reports that a sequel to the 1993 Robin Williams-in-drag comedy Mrs. Doubtfire is currently in the works at Fox 2000, with Williams attached to the project as well as original director Chris Columbus. While the studio has been trying to get a sequel made since Bonnie Hunt was brought on to write a script in 2001, this new update involves Elf and The Haunted Mansion writer David Berenbaum attached to the current script, and "Williams and Columbus are attached and hopeful about the outcome." No word yet on whether any of the original cast will be returning with Williams for the sequel.

The Manic Unpredictability of Robin Williams

By the time I got to middle school, I was pretty much a comedy geek. All the signs were there: I would sneak out into the living room and watch the comics on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, I would listen to Steve Martin’s Wild and Crazy Guy album over and over again, and while other kids my age were interested in either sports or pop music, I was obsessed by the standups who appeared on the dozens of standup comedy shows that littered basic cable at that time. However, no one quite tickled my funny bone at that time as much as Robin Williams.

This was at [...]

CBS Orders 'Crazy Ones,' Starring Robin Williams and Created by David E. Kelley

CBS just ordered a high-profile comedy pilot that could bring Robin Williams back to TV in his first regular television role in 30 years. Entertainment Weekly reports the network has commissioned a pilot called Crazy Ones starring Williams and written by David E. Kelley, creator of Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, and tons of other shows. Crazy Ones is a single-camera workplace comedy about a father and daughter who work together in an advertising office. If the show gets picked up, it'll be Robin Williams's first regular TV gig since Mork & Mindy ended its run in 1982, though Williams looks to be playing a human, not an alien, this time [...]

Watch Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Seth Meyers Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Here's a clip from last night's Tonight Show, in which Jimmy Fallon takes a few minutes to remember the great Robin Williams and do a quick impersonation of his hero. Click through to watch Conan O'Brien and Seth Meyers both take time out of their late night shows to salute Williams.

Watch Conan O'Brien's Heartfelt Tribute to Robin Williams

Conan O'Brien was nearly finished taping last night's episode of Conan when news broke of Robin Williams's tragic death, but the late night host still took the time to film a brief tribute to the late comedian. It's a short clip but O'Brien clearly is talking from the heart, and he ends the episode with "Good night, and God bless Robin Williams."

15.6 Million People Watched Robin Williams' New Sitcom; Twice As Many As Michael J. Fox's

Robin Williams' new sitcom The Crazy Ones debuted on CBS last night after uber-hit The Big Bang Theory and did very well for itself, drawing 15.6 million viewers overall. Though it didn't hold onto to all of Big Bang's 18.9 million viewers, it easily beat its NBC competition, the premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show, which pulled in 7.3 million people. The Michael J. Fox Show's lead-in, the always ratings-challenged Parks and Recreation, managed only 3.3 million viewers, while CBS's 9:30 show Two and a Half Men drew 11.54 million people.

Watch Trailers for CBS's New Comedies, Featuring Will Arnett, Robin Williams, and Other People

CBS released a bunch of trailers for its new fall shows this afternoon. Here's one for The Millers that stars Arrested Development's Will Arnett and doesn't really look anything like Arrested Development. See below for trailers for new comedies The Crazy Ones, Mom, and We Are Men, starring Robin Williams, Anna Faris, and Tony Shalhoub, respectively.