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Watch Rare Robin Williams Stand-up from 1984

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Watch Rare Robin Williams Stand-up from 1984

Paste doesn’t just own the world’s largest collection of live music recordings. Our archives are deep with stand-up from some of the best comedians of all time. Every Tuesday and Thursday we’ll be sharing classic stand-up from legends like George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and more.

On Sept. 9, 1984, dignitaries from throughout the entertainment industry paid tribute to legendary music promoter Bill Graham at the Marin Civic Auditorium in San Rafael, Cali. In between sets by Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, George Thorogood and other musicians, a variety of comedians performed, including Robin Williams. The former star of Mork and Mindy, fresh off Moscow on the Hudson and a few years into a legendary movie career, free associated his way through a manic seven minutes of jokes about Graham, music and California. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Slim Whitman sing the hits of the Police, you better click that play button below. It’s a shaggy, unfiltered glimpse into the amped-up Id of one of the most popular and unpredictable comedians of all time.

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