A transcript of Norm Macdonald’s tweet from this morning, about meeting Robin Williams was the first time…
It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world.
I was a punk kid from rural Ontario and I was in my dressing room, terrified.
I was on the phone to a friend back home when the funniest man in the world ambled by.
There was no one else on the floor. In shock, I told my friend who just walked by. Only the funniest man in the world.
I guess he heard me say his name, cause in an instant he was at my side.
He [acted like a] Jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, [and] asked which way I dressed.
I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam.
My friend didn’t believe me so I said, “Could you talk to my friend, sir.
The funniest man in the world took the phone and for ten minutes took my friend’s Chinese food order!
I laughed and laughed and it was like I was in a dream because no one else was there. No one.
[He said] the place was out of Moo Shoo Pork, and there was nothing he could do about it!
He angrily hung up on my friend and I was about to thank him when he said I hadn’t even tried the jacket on.
Then the funniest man on earth dressed me, a complete stranger, and I remember he ended with a Windsor knot.
He spoke mostly Yiddish, but when he finished he was happy with his job and turned me to a mirror to present myself to me.
No one witnessed any of this. No one.
The funniest man alive was in my dressing room [for] a good half-hour and was far funnier than the set I had to do soon.
When he left my dressing room, I felt alone. As alone as I ever remember feeling.
RIP to a true original of the species.
Paul Millard 2014