We were watching a tribute to Robin Williams on PBS last night and I realized something important. I stole heavily from him as Mork. The voices, the accents, the rapid-fire delivery… yup, yup, yup. I still do all that.
Here’s a little secret very few people know: I wasn’t always funny.
When I was a kid, I felt small and overwhelmed by the humor and quick wit of my dad’s family. I spent too much of my childhood crying about being teased instead of fighting back. I tried fighting back physically, but that just got me in trouble. I needed to be able to fight back *verbally*.
I remember that I made a decision to change myself and then somehow I did it, but I never remembered how.
Mork and Mindy was on from 1978 to 1982 – from when I was 10 to when I was 14. That sounds exactly right. 🙂
So thank you, Robin. For everything.