The friendship between Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal was initially established to make people laugh in an effort to do good. It deepened into an extremely close bond that lasted for over three decades and career fluctuations as well as personal heights.
When Williams committed suicide at her Northern California home on August 11, 2014, the world lost, as Crystal honored her late friend less than two weeks ago at the Primetime Emmy Awards by saying, “Our comedy galaxy Brightest star in the world. ” but. Crystal and Goldberg, they lost not only a comedy cohort, but a friend whose existence was deeply woven into the fabric of their lives.
Williams took Goldberg under his wing
Goldberg and Williams first met in the late seventies when, after the first-year success of Mork & Mindy, Williams arrived at the Comedy Store in San Diego, where Goldberg was performing. “We will improve. It was Robin Williams! “Goldberg remembered when he honored his friend with Crystal during a taping of The View in 2014.
“When we met again, it was, grew up boy you grew up! ‘… and then Babasat took care of me and [as long as] I could remember. And we grew up together. And grew up together. There was nothing we couldn’t do together. We can’t do anything. ”
Goldberg and Williams reunited in the mid-eighties when, in conjunction with Crystal, they were approached to appear in the first Comic Relief charity Telethon in the United States. Based on an English charity of the same name and dedicated to the memory of comedian Andy Kaufman, the American version closed in 1986 and has since raised over $ 70 million for the charity that provides support for people living in poverty .
Williams, Goldberg and Crystal hosted the event’s four-hour Plus Youth Fund which aired on HBO and includes comics such as George Carlin, Richard Dreyfus, Penny Marshall, Howie Mandel, Minya Pearl and Bobcat Goldthwaite. The first telethon netted more than $ 2.5 million for the charity and the trio will continue to host specials through 2006.
Krystal joked that she and Goldberg ‘were like parents to Williams Williams.’
While discussing his “friend and brother” on The View, Goldberg asked Krystle who was Williams that they really knew? “I’m not sure,” Krystal replied smiling. “He was such an amazing artist … Many times, the three of us would have been on stage and Whoopi and I would have been like his parents and we’d have taken out the crazy son. Working with him just got so magical … But for us, it was a chance to get to know each other and we became friends. ”
The personal bond between the off-stage stars deepened, as they helped the proceeds from Comic Relief go to different charities, shelters around the country and present checks. These were far from the headlines where they could be their true selves, no pressure to be funny or to joke.
The trio regularly had long phone calls and used to leave each other funny.
Although they met in the stand-up comedy circuit in the late seventies, Williams and Crystal’s friendship was frozen by comic relief. “It became a wonderful bond and we were fiercely guarding each other. Brilliantly, “Crystal recalled Goldberg of the time.” We were very protective of Whoopi.
When [he] would host the Oscars – Robin lived in San Francisco and I’m in LA — he was inaugurating it. Is and the phone will ring. “It was Williams. “How do you think she’s doing, boss?” Krystal recalls asking Williams. Friends will then remain on the phone throughout the telecast, offering praise, support, and commentary on Goldberg’s latest gig.
Long phone calls became a regular occurrence among the trio. Particularly for Crystal and Williams who frequently conduct entire conversations in the voices of the characters they created. In the 2018 documentary Robin Williams: Less Inside My Mind, Krystal says she always knew it was going to be a wonderful day if she received a missed call from her friend.
“The phone rings and I look at it and see the 415-area code. I knew it was him. I knew it was going to be something really cool,” recalls Krystal in the film. Williams. Will conduct the call as Ronald Reagan, or a character he coined, such as Sam to the Sibylance Society.
When Williams underwent heart surgery in 2009, Crystal left him with more than a dozen voicemails from Winnie the Valve Guy, a character Crystal had “supplied him with a valve” that was inserted during Williams’ surgery.