9 episodes

Chances are Robin Williams has made you laugh, cry -- or cry laughing! -- at least once in your lifetime. From sweaty standup riffs to sitcom mayhem as Mork from Ork, to a powerful Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin was an artist who was constantly pushing his craft. But behind these displays of brilliance was an isolated and often misunderstood man. From Macmillan Podcasts, Knowing: Robin Williams takes you inside the lawless and brilliant mind of one of America’s most beloved comedians. Join New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff and host Kristy Westgard as they share never-before-heard interviews and thoughtful analysis to celebrate the life and legacy of a comedic genius.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 381 Ratings

Chances are Robin Williams has made you laugh, cry -- or cry laughing! -- at least once in your lifetime. From sweaty standup riffs to sitcom mayhem as Mork from Ork, to a powerful Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin was an artist who was constantly pushing his craft. But behind these displays of brilliance was an isolated and often misunderstood man. From Macmillan Podcasts, Knowing: Robin Williams takes you inside the lawless and brilliant mind of one of America’s most beloved comedians. Join New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff and host Kristy Westgard as they share never-before-heard interviews and thoughtful analysis to celebrate the life and legacy of a comedic genius.

    The Tiger in Winter

    The Tiger in Winter

    Robin's health is in decline and he is soon diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. On August 11, 2014 he takes his life, but the circumstances that drive him to this tragic end are not what we earlier thought to be true.

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    • 37 min
    The Golden Dude

    The Golden Dude

    Robin caps off 20 years in show business with an Oscar-winning performance, but this is a brief high that can't last. A series of career duds and personal tragedy push Robin back into the depressive and addictive tendencies he's never fully addressed.  

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    • 29 min
    A Conversation with Chris Gethard

    A Conversation with Chris Gethard

    This week, we sit down with comedian Chris Gethard to talk about performing improv with Robin and the stigma of the depressed artist. 

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    • 45 min
    The Father Man

    The Father Man

    Robin shows he's leading man material with hits like Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Aladdin. But, his burgeoning film career cuts into time spent with his growing and changing family.  

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    • 35 min
    The Cost of Fame

    The Cost of Fame

    Robin is confronted with the brutalities of drugs, addiction and fame. To learn more about Robin, check out Dave Itzkoff's book, Robin, here. Stay up to date on the latest at Macmillan by checking out this newsletter here. 

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    • 25 min
    A Conversation with Jimmy Pardo

    A Conversation with Jimmy Pardo

    This week we're speaking with comedian Jimmy Pardo about Robin's special brand of comedy and the struggle to stay fresh in comedy. We also share some classic Robin standup bits. Be sure to check out Jimmy's podcast, Never Not Funny.

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
381 Ratings

381 Ratings

SamJafri ,

Insightful and entertaining

Wonderful podcast! Robin Williams was a game changer for the comedy world. I am a child of the eighties and grew up watching his movies and loving them. He was a phenomenal actor. After listening to the podcast, I have realized that he was a phenomenal human also. His unique voice is sorely missed especially in these somewhat strange and weird times. Thank you for creating a wonderful podcast!

UnicornBaby559 ,

Great story, terrible host

I’m so distracted by trying to understand how the host can seem to be both over- and under-enunciating at the same time. She’s seriously awful.

Frankc29 ,

Episode 4 broken

There are outtakes we should be hearing that are missing; just blank audio. This needs to be fixed because it sounds like a funny bit.

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