“Our next comedian comes from San Francisco, where he performed with the improv comedy group called “The Wing”. He moved to Los Angeles last winter and quickly became a regular here at The Improv. His humor is reminiscent of the great British comedians. You may have already seen him on the new Laugh-In. Please Welcome, Robin Williams.”

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What our interestingly monotone presenter failed to mention is that he was introducing one of the greatest comedians of our time. A man so talented, he turned his dirty, manic stand-up act into an Oscar-winning career.

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Watch Robin Williams’ first appearance on HBO in 1977 below, when he was a young, up-and-coming comedian. It’s nearly 12 minutes of pure, unadulterated, creative comedy:

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