According to New York Times reviewer David Camp, “...what stands out in our collective memory of Robin Williams is his career highlight reel: The otherworldly comic energy of his TV breakthrough role as the alien Mork from Ork; his manic, free-associative work as a stand-up comedian; and his sensitive film portrayals of damaged mentor figures.” And yet, his comedic brilliance masked deep vulnerablities of self-doubt, addiction and depression. We will see his dramatic talent in films Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and Good Will Hunting. We will also view the 2018 HBO documentary of his life, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind; some episodes of Mork and Mindy; and listen to some of his recordings, such as Reality, What a Concept and Weapons of Self Destruction. Discussions may be
supplemented by readings of relevant essays. Our goal will be to gain a deeper perspective on one of America’s most beloved, complex and misunderstood entertainers, who left his indelible mark on the genre of comedy worldwide. And of course, we will laugh a lot! No class on 5/27/19.