The sudden passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams seemed to send a shockwave across the Internet. He always seemed so full of energy and pure joy whenever he jumped on to a stage or in front of a camera. Besides his family and close friends, none were more shocked by the news than his fellow comedians. Several of today’s younger generation of comics who grew up listening to his stand-up and watching his movies took to Twitter to express their sadness about his untimely passing. [photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images]
A bunch of personal photos of Williams hanging out at comedy clubs and comedy shows popped up on Twitter in the wake of Williams’ passing. Chelsea Peretti posted a photo featuring Williams “being nice to a bunch of excited comedians.”
— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) August 11, 2014
Amy Schumer, stand-up and star of the Comedy Central sketch show Insider Amy Schumer, recalled several close encounters with the late comedian on her Twitter feed.
Robin was really sweet to me and my sister every time we saw him. He was a genius and made me laugh a lot. So sad.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 11, 2014
Kumail Nanjiani posted several Tweets on his account detailing the time that Williams stopped by his weekly show at The Meltdown.
So I guess I’ll say it now. Robin Williams, you have made me laugh & cry. It is an honor to meet you & have me introduce you to the stage. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 12, 2014
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, better known as the comedy duo Broad City, posted a tribute on their joint Twitter feed.
Robin Williams will forever and always be our hero– he’ll always be Peter. His influence is immeasurable.
— Broad City (@broadcity) August 11, 2014
Hannibal Buress recalled the time that he met Williams and put him on a stage.
This was the first time I met Robin. He was a nice dude. Put me on stage solely because my name was Hannibal. http://t.co/Pkx8ibdxqS
— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) August 12, 2014
Moshe Kasher probably summed up all of the stand-up comedians’ tribute to Williams the best with his Tweet.
If yr wondering why comics are acting like we lost 1 of our own,its because he always acted like he was.Never a movie star,always a comic.
— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) August 12, 2014