The death of Robin Williams, beloved American comedian and actor, has sparked an outpouring of shock and sadness. Jeffrey Brown joins A. O. Scott of The New York Times and Budd Friedman, founder of Improv Comedy Club, to look back at the “exuberance, sweetness and generosity” of William’s talent. Continue reading
Comedian and actor Robin Williams brought wit, speed and energy — as well as dramatic depth — to the wide array of roles he played throughout his career. Williams died by asphyxia, an apparent suicide, in Marin County, California, at the age of 63. Jeffrey Brown looks back at William’s well-loved work, as well as his battle with depression. Continue reading
Pioneering comic Jonathan Winters brought his own brand of wild, improvisational stand-up to television in the 1950s, and continued to perform for nearly five decades. Winters died Thursday at the age of 87. Jeffrey Brown remembers the comedian with a look back at his career and an interview excerpt with Jim Lehrer from 1999. Continue reading
On a cold December night in 1959, The Second City opened in the Old Town section of Chicago in a small space that had been previously been a hat shop and Chinese laundry. Fifty years later, Second City stakes claim to having been the training ground for scores of now-household names.