Tears of a clown – Thanks for the memories Robin Williams


Like everyone in the entire world I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Robin Williams.

Every single one of us have a favourite movie or memory of Robin who had an extraordinary life and career. He was not only a successful movie star but one of the world's very best stand-up comics.


During one of his Australian visits he recorded “ Good Morning Sydney “ for 2DAYFM’s Wendy Harmer.  Listeners to the 2DAYFM Morning Crew will remember that for years the show opened with a resounding “ Goooood Mooooorning Syyydddnnneeeyyyy “

Having worked with many of Australia’s greatest comedians it's easy to understand why some comics and funny people use humour to mask sadness, anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately it may be a cliché, but it is often a case of ‘ tears of a clown ‘

As one of our greatest comedians and former 2DAYFM  number one breakfast radio host Wendy Harmer said  “focus on the joy and laughter”. She interviewed Williams in the nineties and said “ the word genius is used too liberally, but not when you speak of Robin Williams “

Here was a guy who had everything, a partner, family, children, great wealth, work opportunities and was loved and adored by millions of people around the world, and yet according to news reports took his own life.

On the surface it would appear he had everything anyone could ever hope for, but clearly suffered from depression, addiction and mental health issues.

But what an amazing contribution he made to the world and he has left a significant legacy.

Thanks for the great memories Robin Williams.

You can read Wendy Harmer's story on Robin Williams  at The Hoopla www.thehoopla.com.au


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The guys at NOVA put together a great montage of Robin's life and times


Brad March is a Director of Radio Today, is a former CEO of Austereo and has been named Media Executive of the Year. He’s Director of Marchmedia and Pacific Retail Management.



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