Robin Williams last appearance on Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 5/21/92

Robin Williams last appearance on Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 5/21/92


CARSON: Okay. Okay, we’re back. CARSON: You know, in this business, there are comedians, there are comics, and once in a while – rarely – somebody rises above and supersedes that and becomes a comic persona unto themselves. I never cease to be amazed at the versatility and the wonderful work that Robin Williams does. Would you welcome him please? Robin Williams. WILLIAMS: I brought you a little something.
CARSON: You’ve got to be kidding. WILLIAMS: A little something from the Elvis estate. A little something here. It’s nice. CARSON: Just, can I try? Should I try?
WILLIAMS: Please, just sit on down and we’ll give you a piña colonic. There you are.
CARSON: Oh God. WILLIAMS: There we go.
CARSON: Can I sit in the sun today? WILLIAMS: We’re going to Spago.
CARSON: Spago! WILLIAMS: Don’t be afraid. I’ve also bought you the new L.A. medic alert. It says, “I’ve fallen and get the hell away from me.” A little gift. CARSON: Oh, isn’t that nice. A rocking chair. WILLIAMS: Yeah, it’s the simple things. I got you a bunch of stuff. Yeah, it’s the little stuff to get you in your new life. CARSON: Oh, come on. Hey thank you for coming on. I really mean it. WILLIAMS: This is a wild night, especially with the world in such interesting– I was going to bring you a VCR, but the stores had none. CARSON: A little low, are they?
WILLIAMS: Yeah. Somebody I guess had done a little politcal shopping. It’s very difficult. You see people going, “Yeah man!” “It’s for Rodney King! And the five TVs are for me.” Yeah, they caught the one guy. They always catch the one whino. “All right, yeah, man. I’m really pissed off about Don King.” “The Don King thing has got me down, man.”
“Damn.” And they brought in the National Guard. They didn’t come with bullets, which is always an interesting thing. CARSON: They couldn’t find them.
WILLIAMS: They couldn’t find them. So they’re out in the streets going, “Hey everybody. We are the world.” It’s a difficult thing.
CARSON: Ah, yeah. But you know. WILLIAMS: They said they saw BMWs pulling up to the Radio Shack. That must be great. “This is fabulous. This is great.” “I wonder if we can get store credit if you don’t already have it.” CARSON: Oh God. I said last night, thank God for Qualye.
He kept us alive for two more nights. WILLIAMS: Oh yeah, Quayle. They sent him down to the hood. That was great. Yeah, he thinks he’s now a homie right now. Yeah, Dan, hangin’. “Look it’s boys in the hood.” “Hi there. You have got to chill. Yeah, yeah. This is real def.” “Hold it right– Woah. What it is, what it was.” “Oh man, you dumb.” The guy, the guy is– He’s one taco short of a combination plate. It’s amazing. I really, I think that they told him about the Murphy Brown thing. I think George said, “All right. Here’s the deal.” “I want you to go out there and talk about Jerry Brown.” “Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown.” “Buster Brown. Buster Brown. Buster Brown.
Buster Brown. Buster Brown.” “Audie Murphy. Audie Murphy. Audie Murphy. Audie Murph–” “Murphy Brown! Murphy Brown make me so– Don’t you hear that! That he’s rain man!” CARSON: 162, 163… WILLIAMS: “He’s basically– Hey Dan, you want to be president? “Yeah. Five minutes to Murphy Brown. Yeah.” “Do you want to fly up to the coast?” “Yeah. Air Force One. Safest plane. Never crashed. Never crashed.” “Yeah, yeah. That’d be good. Yeah.” It’s amazing. He’s the greatest insurance in the world.
Just when someone’s going, “I’m gonna get that George–” “Wait a minute.”
“I pop him, he becomes– Oh man.” It’s amazing. And Bush. And Bush is just out there going, “Well, a thousand points of light.” “They’re not burning anymore. Come on down. Here we go.” “You gotta weed and seed.”
I figured out how you do George Bush. Basically, what you do is, “You take John Wayne.”
“And you tighten up his ass.” “Gonna head the wagon trains on north. Come on with me.” CARSON: I never thought of that. John Wayne.
WILLIAMS: Oh, it’s frightening. CARSON: You pilgrim it and you bring it up a thousand points. WILLIAMS: Right on up there. There you go. Gonna head the wagon train through, gonna cash some checks. Here we are. It’s an amazing thing. And you look, instead of cowboy boots. There’s topsiders. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s all the stuff. Blaming. He goes off to– First they blame– First they start off blaming the welfare programs of the society.
CARSON: Great society, yeah. WILLIAMS: Yeah. Then they go for Murphy Brown. Next thing he’s going, “Lincoln. Did it all wrong.” “Freed people before he had the plan in place. Won’t work” “Wrong thing there. What’s going on?” CARSON: What do you think of Perot?
WILLIAMS: Perot is amazing. CARSON: This is a– The guys ahead in the polls. Hasn’t said anything. WILLIAMS: Hasn’t said anything. Well, you know he’s not going to write a bad check. “I’ll tell you what I– Hey I own it. Come on down. Hey, hey. How ’bout this. I’ll cover the first 75 days. Drinks on me. Come on now.” I have a strange feeling if he gets elected he’s going to go in there.
“Thank you all very much. It’s just wonderful that you all did this.” “It’s me!” “I’m back!”
CARSON: “I’m back!”
WILLIAMS: “I fooled ya!” It looks like he’s wearing a halloween mask. CARSON: A lot of people like Perot. They think he’s Frank Purdue of the Purdue chicken. WILLIAMS: “All these chickens. I raised them myself. I don’t have a foreign policy, but these chickens do.” CARSON: Oh, God.
WILLIAMS: And Clinton. Everyone, basically– Clinton, the whole thing about who he slept with different women. It doesn’t matter if he’s– I don’t care if he slept with a chicken.
If he’s got a foreign policy and an economic plan, great. This is a whole other thing. Imagine if, you know, you do have a president they find out he slept with a sheep. “How was he?”
“Not baaaad.” CARSON: You draw the line there?
WILLIAMS: That’s it. Thank you. There we go. And you got Jerry Brown. And Tsongas. Who is basically– Tsongas was like, “Hellllo.” “I have a fiscal budget. Hahahahaha.” CARSON: I think Clinton made his big mistake when he said, “I didn’t inhale.” WILLIAMS: Yeah. That’s very– Now that’s a hard one to pull off. CARSON: And Jerry Brown’s problem was he never exhaled. You like that?
WILLIAMS: I love that!
CARSON: Thank you. WILLIAMS: He’s the type of guy– People look at Jerry Brown and go,
“Oh my God, the man’s going to have a bake sale for the Army. He’s like the Gestalt president. And I guess that leaves–
And Buchanan’s always over there as the anti-Bush. “Just waiting. Don’t make a bad move.” And they’ve got all those right to life people. I mean that was the whole Murphy Brown issue. I mean now there’s– Is he right to life? Is he for life? Is he against life? It doesn’t matt– It’s the whole thing, man. The right to life people, I’d go with you to see these children. They’re right to life. But the moment they’re born they go, “I’m out of here.” CARSON: Yup, as soon as they get that call. WILLIAMS: “Bye bye. See ya.” CARSON: You’re marvelous. I gotta take a break here. We’re coming back. All right, we are back. Now. What do you do– Do you still have your ranch? You call it a ranchette, or a ranch? WILLIAMS: Ranchero.
CARSON: A ranchero. WILLIAMS: A big ranch up there. Not like Ron. “I don’t go up there a lot.” Hanging out there with Nancy going, “Move it, old man!” “Let’s go!” “All right, let’s go. Well, let’s get on the horse.” Even the horse is going, “Again?” “The horse is my friend.” “Meant no harm.” CARSON: Ah, now, the new baby.
WILLIAMS: Yes, there is a new baby. CARSON: Yeah. Six months old.
WILLIAMS: Six months. It’s amazing. CARSON: Is that two now?
WILLIAMS: Three. CARSON: Three?
WILLIAMS: I have three children. That I know of. It’s an amazing thing because when they’re born, they’re so exquisite. They’re perfectly formed. This is a little boy. Perfectly formed and then these incredibly huge cojones. As we say, big cojones. If that’s bleeped, good luck. CARSON: Is that a long running family trait? WILLIAMS: Your grandfather had a great set, too. I hope he grows into these. I hope they don’t just keep getting proportianlly the same. Or it’s like, “Hi, I’m here.” CARSON: Well, we’re out of here tomorrow night, what do I care? What are they gonna do? Can me?
WILLIAMS: You get those letters. “Dear Mr. Car–. Oh, damn.” “Can you forward this to him?” CARSON: I assume, when you came out, for a moment. I said, “My God.”
WILLIAMS: Something’s wrong with him. CARSON: The blonde hair. I assume it’s for a motion picture role.
Or is it bleached from the sun on the ranch? WILLIAMS: I did this. I’m so happy to be here. I want to have my own little cable show. Hi. Welcome to In Your Ear. My guest tonight is Mother Theresa. CARSON: Rappin’ with Robin.
WILLIAMS: Rappin’ with Robin. We’ll be right back. Feels like one of those things where you have guests like–
And here are my guests Mother Theresa and Ruta Lee. CARSON: And later Mason Reese will be along.
WILLIAMS: Mother Theresa is here pushing her new perfume. It’s called compassion. The scent of sentiment. I did this for a movie. People look at me and go, “Why did you dye your hair, man?” You know, it’s– CARSON: Why was it important to be blonde in the picture? WILLIAMS: It’s just kind of to bother people, I think. It’s for this– It’s a strange movie. It’s called Toys. It’s about a toy factory. I guess they wanted me to be someone so they would go, “What’s wrong? Something’s happened to him.” CARSON: Is this a comic picture with serious overtones or a serious picture with comic overtones? WILLIAMS: Yes. And we hope for all of those. And you have to get it done every three weeks.
It’s that whole thing of– You’re sitting in a beauty parlor.
And this whole thing. You’ve got tin in your hair– You get great reception. It’s very difficult to be sitting under a hair dryer and going, “How about those Bulls, huh?” “Hey, great game, yeah?” “Want some more coffee?” “No, I’m fine.” “I’m doin’ real good.” WILLIAMS: But it’s, ahh–
CARSON: I understand Comic Relief raised– How much money did you raise this year?
WILLIAMS: We raised about six million dollars.
It’s an amazing thing. CARSON: Oh, that’s good. That’s marvelous. WILLIAMS: It’s incredible. It’s an amazing thing. You think about all othe money in the world.
It’s basically about a tire for one airplane. CARSON: Yeah.
WILLIAMS: It’s money that goes for medical aid. Just to keep people going. CARSON: You’d think they can go without another B-1 or stealth bomber. It costs 900 million dollars or something. WILLIAMS: A million, ooh, that’s just spare parts. It’s those things. “Gotta do it. Trying to make them happy.” CARSON: “Points of light.” “Dan, what do you think about Roe versus Wade?” “Ahhh, I prefer to float.”
“OK.” Trying to make it happen. CARSON: What are you doing when you get any spare time? When you’re not doing concerts and Comic Relief and working your material out in clubs and so forth? WILLIAMS: Well, I try and– I run a lot. I run cross country and stuff.
Cause it’s so much cheaper than the old ways. When you’re out running, nobody goes, “Yo man, need another pair of shoes?” It’s very difficult to run just because you get that endorphin. Which is like your body’s way of saying this really hurts. I’m going to medicate you. That’s why you see marathon runners who are just like, “How are you doing?” “Huhhh.” But, I run–
CARSON: Do you get that low heartbeat now that marathon runners get? WILLIAMS: Oh, that real low heartbeat.
CARSON: Something down like 36 or 40 beats a minute? WILLIAMS: Basically down around a squirrel. You get that really really really low heartbeat. It’s like. Booop.
Booop. Beeep.
Beeep. Ehhhh. Got it. I’m trying to do a lot of different things. I mean it’s– And I play with my children a lot. That’s important. CARSON: It’s great having you here. I think–
WILLIAMS: This is an amazing night. What are you going to do after this? Why don’t you run for pol–
Go, run for office, man. Go! Yes! How ’bout it?
You and Gorbachev. CARSON: No, no. They’ll go back to when I was in high school and find out what Francine Corbin and I did in the back of a ’39 Chrysler and that’ll come out to haunt me. No. They look into your background too much.
WILLIAMS: They go beyond that. It’s the type of scrutiny that even Washington would go, thank you. I’m outta here. No one can survive the scrutiny of that. But, I mean, you can do it. You can either run with Gorbachev. It’d be great. He doesn’t have a green card, but what the hell. The man’s truly an independent. CARSON: We’ll take a break. We’re coming back.

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  1. Preface I love Robin Williams, comedy has not been the same since he left us. Also Johnny Carson made the tonight show just amazing. The genre is all but ruined right now. Now….I've just never understood why celebrities are all in it for the left. It really seems against their self interest. As it alienates a large part of their fan base and goes against the very economic system that has made actors/entertainers/comedians etc. so wealthy. Robin is just so wrong about pro-lifers as well, it's somewhat of an urban myth that we just don't care about those who have babies afterward. Back to the interview I love how Carson made Robin laugh with the Jerry Brown not exhaling. Also it always amazed me just how Robin became the life of the entire room in whatever interview he did. It will be a long time before we see such an amazing figure like him.

  2. …And almost 30 years later, the "right to life" people STILL couldn't care less about most Americans outside the womb! xD

  3. I did know what happened to Johnny Carson, when was he not in my world anymore …… that's what happens when you live on the ward.

  4. Robin Williams was a comic genius and one hell of an actor as well. His quote,comedy is cheaper than therapy makes a lot of sense now that he is gone.He suffered from a disease that a lot of people have in this world today that has a stigma about it.No one knows the demons and hidden issues that people with clinical depression have,and not too many have the guts to ask them.We need to address the issues of mental illness in this world mor aggressively and start to heal people instead of medicating them to the point of zombie like drones.
    Of course that would be detrimental to the Multi-Billion dollar pharmaceutical industry that pushes synthetic heroin on us like its candy and creates a drug to help with depression that has major side effects of suicidal thoughts and ideations.If there is one thing I learned from Robin Williams before he died it is this…Laughter is the best medecine,of course if thst doesnt work,you can always count on qualudes amd cannabis… spread happiness and love

  5. Nobody can imitate a gay person like Robin Williams. I'm sure the whiny LGBT liberals today would be offended.

  6. Watching this makes me remember remote controls with the wire to the box, and well…โ€ฆ a simpler time.

  7. Makes me feel Much better now about what happened to me in The PAST. To get over it slowly. Which I haven't completely. THANK YOU

  8. IMDB Shows Robin being on Carson's show nine times but I can only find six on YouTube and the ones one YouTube are not the entire show or even the entire interview. Robin Williams without a doubt the top entertainer from the Mid-80s well into the 21st Century.

  9. Johnny Carson had the quickest mind on the planet. He always was three steps ahead of his guests and rarely did one say or do something he didn't anticipate. The only exception was Robin Williams. Watch Carson's face for a couple of seconds at 3:41. Never have I seen Carson in such rapt attention of wondering what will happen next, almost like a child amazed at a magician's fabulous tricks.

  10. i loved robin williams. found out about the horrid disease he had. it was a sad day when he passed away.

  11. the energy is that of a best rock concert moment ever – but just more mental – the hard laughter makes up for the physical aspect

  12. Robin, u still make me laugh and pee my pants. U r so funny. I love you sooo dam much it hurts my jaw laughing so much. Non stop funny. Thank u Robin.

  13. Lmao…how to sound like Bush was f**king hilarious. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  14. The absolute joy that Johnny gets from being near Robin is exactly how I feel about him. He brought so much happiness.

  15. Comic genius butย  how many have off'ed themselves and nobody ever thinks they were one sided but wondered…

  16. I love how Robin reveals truths in his humor. That passion, that joy, he's just bursting with life. He's more alive than anyone I've ever seen. what an inspiration. untimely death.

  17. johnny carson and robin were born freemasons you can see the freemason handshake at the start of the video, sad to see people selling their souls to satan for fame and money. probably what drove robin to be an alcoholic most of his life.

  18. Wasn't it Robin W. who said "The President ordered Dan Quayle to send more troops to the gulf, and Quayle sent a bunch of soldiers to Mexico.

  19. Hey! Big ones is not fun…. When I was a kid, about 13, my right one had an infection in the vas (ductus) diferens which made the right testicle swell to about a tennis ball and I walked like Robin did but it was painful as hell. I laugh at this part of the 'skit' but OMG I was wishing they would just cut the damned thing off. Finally the infection went away and man was it a mess, not to be gross. And yes, I had to look up vas (ductus) diferens…. BTW, it's the tube from the testicle to the urethra….

  20. This was in 1972, long before Robin got sober. And it's crazy, he's actually less manic here than when he stopped doing drugs. Still an absolute genius, though!

  21. I can never understand why people make a YouTube video of an interview and don't actually give you the ending. It's it's sort of like watching a movie that's very good nine-tenths of the way.

  22. Robin Williams seemed like whenever he was on a TV show, he always had to perform and try to be funny. I wonder just how much pressure that must've been on him? Couldn't he just be himself without always having to perform?

  23. You know what you taught your children . That when living gets too rough kill yourself you are a sorry ass self absorbed shithead.

  24. I'm dying๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.. I miss them DayZ ! Best laughs, the way Johnny's cracking up๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Robin is the best! R I.P. .

  25. I mourned his loss for a few days, it's hard to mourn a man like him because either holding your stomach because your laughing so hard and at the same time your crying your A$$ Off because his death was such a tragedy, the show must go on, yet life without him makes things a little less funny!

  26. A comedy genius..a fucked up genius…but a genius none the less. His brain ran faster than he did. He could switch a subject to something completely opposite faster than you could blink. Watching his act made you sweat right along with him. Some laugh left the world with him and we just don't laugh enough anymore.

  27. SUCH A SHAME! EVERY TIME I WATCH ROBIN WILLIAMS, I FIRST LAUGH THEN CRY; SUCH A HUGE LOSS! ROBIN WAS A GENIUS; THERE HASN'T BEEN ANYBODY ELSE WHO CAN COME CLOSE TO ROBIN'S QUICK RESPONSES. I WISH HE HAD SOUGHT HELP WITH HIS ILLNESS! ROBIN, YOU ARE SO MISSED AND SO LOVED!

  28. Michael; can you image how much mental emotional pain one has to be in in order to take ones own life??? Have mercy!!!

  29. It is difficult to understand how this guy could kill himself. This proves what physcologists and other mental professionals always tell us. The world might love you, but if you don't love yourself, then you are lost.

  30. When Carson makes Robin laugh that hard, I just cry, both with happiness and sadness…so hard to even process…Don Rickles and John Winters were equally just kind of lightning fast and hilarious, but there is something about Robin and his constant character/accent shift, plus his moments of just being a genuinely nice guy, that just takes you to another world – I can't even list the number of characters and joke in this, what, 30 or less min interview? It would take me 4 hours at least

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