Back in 2009 I had the opportunity to photograph Robin Williams in concert. He was performing at the USCD and I was asked to shoot the first 4 minutes of his set. Not a lot of time and a lot harder than I thought. He walked out on stage and launched into his act at a mile a minute. He paced, gestured and never stopped talking or moving. I was shooting from the soundboard in the back of the room wight he longest glass I had at the time, a 300mm f/4.
I shot for the 4 minutes, then packed up my gear and went to my seat to enjoy the rest of the show with my wife. It was a great night of comedy. I will always think of Robin Williams as a stand up comic first and an actor second. I was introduced to him through his stand-up and it is still some of the funniest stuff out there. After the show, Robin did a meet and greet and I was there to take a trade shot with the local crew and promoters. Standing in the room as he met all those fans, shoot hands, took photos and made jokes was fascinating.
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