At least has he enjoyed the privilege of aging to a ripe 58 and counting unlike some other too-fast, too-coked comics. Hes still a perfectly capable wit, even if his past 15 years of cinema have seemed like a guy named Robin Williams doing impressions of Robin Williams. But well ignore Flubber, Patch Adams, and Aladdin (and Hook and FernGully and Jumanji and all the other family-friendly mugging). Williams is most natural riffing on race, sex, drugs, celebrity, and the news. To both Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, citing mood swings, Williams compared his heart surgery to receiving an implanted vagina. During his show this Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live, expect plenty of such ribaldry, and allow yourself to gaze back at his career as a case study of the origins of dirty grandpas.
Wed., Oct. 21, 8 p.m., 2009