This performance is absolutely hysterical! My abdomen was sore after I'd made it to the end of this DVD, and I would not have minded more.
Robin had about 20 bottles of water on the table behind him through the show, and the way he was sweating from exertion you can see why he needed so many (among other fiendish reasons)!
He's fiercely energetic here, and on top comedic form, with too many accents, impressions, and voices to keep track of. He's really excellent with the physical comedy, as well... the grand finale will have you laughing every time you look at your own arm!
If you need a hearty laughing session, go no further than this DVD. Five stars!
(It should be mentioned, this performance is in no way suitable for children, or anyone offended by highly descriptive toilet humour, foul language, or no-holds-barred sex jokes).
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Tara S. from STATEN ISLAND, NY Reviewed on 8/31/2015...
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Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY Reviewed on 1/18/2015...
I had no idea his eyes were so blue.
I first saw this Live on Broadway on HBO when it aired in 2002. I live in NYC, and have for most of my life. Years ago, I had the privilege of watching Robin Williams live at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1986. I think back to 1986 and watching him pounce around the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House -- of all the places!! -- and think, did I really see that? Was I really there or was it all just a dream? It was not. I have the ticket stub to prove it.
Last night, I sat down to watch Robin's live performance on Broadway five months after his death. We are all still reeling from the death of Robin Williams. This is a fact I find still so very, very hard to believe. And watching him on my tv last night had me pausing many a time throughout the performance, to cover my eyes and grieve the loss of this brilliant, tortured man. Robin Williams.
What a stupendous performance. What I am reminded of again is Robin's comedic brilliance, and most importantly, his incredible gift of language and linguistics and dialect. How this man could so effortlessly go from Russian to Parisian to Indian to Scottish to British to Noo Yawk to a southern drawl is unparalleled genius. No one is spared and he slices through the lunacy of George Bush II, to Dick Cheney, Margaret Thatcher, terrorists, how the Scots created golf to the perils of viagra. This comedy is not for the faint of heart. But for me, I laughed so hard and so long that many times I could not breathe. Tears running down my face, into my ears.
His loss is a palpable thing. For the life of me I will never understand why he chose to leave us in the way he did. As the credits rolled and my now sorrowful tears rolled down my cheeks, I had to put my head down and say a prayer for Robin: I hope he has found peace. Perhaps we were only to have him for as long as we did. Perhaps we were only to have him to witness his comic genius for the time that we did. Perhaps we were to have him for as long as we did to bring joy and laughter into our lives. And we are better because he did.
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Laura M. Reviewed on 3/30/2009...
Definitely deserves the MA rating, but hilarious!
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Karen E. from OWATONNA, MN Reviewed on 12/18/2008...
I didn't even see the whole DVD. He was of course very funny. It just had too much swearing. It would have been just as good he took out 99% of the swearing.
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Jen M. (dustmite) Reviewed on 12/15/2007...
Robin Williams performance is tear-jerking, hilarious fun.
The language is a bit strong on this DVD.. and really Williams doesn't really need to use it so not sure if it was his excitement being on Broadway or if he thought his jokes really needed it! If you can look past the language (similar to Eddie Murphy's stage performances); I loved this DVD.
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The King of Stand-Up Comedy
G. Zawada | Fairfax, Virginia United States | 11/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether it's parading around on stage in a frenzy or breaking out into one of many possible impressions/accents, it simply does not get any better than Robin Williams Live when it comes to gut-wrenching laughs.Williams goes all out in all of his live performances. This particular night he performs live on Broadway (the culmination of a 20+ city national tour, and marking the conclusion of his triumphant, and much-heralded return to the "stage" in over 16 years). And what is the verdict??? BRILLIANCE!! The same brand of raunchy, charismatic, no holds-barred, yet very intelligent humor Williams has been known for.ONE THING NEEDS TO BE POINTED OUT: Williams' energy is unparalleled in his stand-up work and is NOTHING like his theatrical roles (from Flubber to Insomnia), which only seem to stifle the madman lurking beneath. With uncensored, and essentially unscripted stand-up, Robin is able to reveal his TRUE SELF. However, this is not some mindless rant... Williams seems to emerge from a shell he's been keeping himself in... commentating on social and political issues of the day (from foreign relations, biological warfare, sex, and even sports).Where this "movie" truly earns 5 STARS is in Williams's performance itself. Sadly, comics today go through "ho-hum" HBO specials like candy (I will not name names), giving audiences and viewers 60-65 minutes. Williams goes non-stop for 2 hours!! And as a result becomes so drenched in sweat by the end, you begin to wonder how he's still standing!Material-wise, I feel there is no one better, with Williams delivery of quips, jokes, and punchlines only rivaled by George Carlin, and the shows of Eddie Murphy from the early to mid 1980s.The DVD package, as many other DVDs seem to nowadays, comes with more than anyone could have expected, with behind-the-scenes broadcasts, and a full interview with the maestro himself. The picture and sound quality are superb and nothing seems to have been lost in the transfer.Bottomline: though perhaps crude at some points, I think that ANYONE with at least a partially open mind and a love for laughs will enjoy this movie. Take it from my mother (a 52 year-old Frenchwoman not necessarily in tune with "hip society") sitting crying from laughter, "He is the best!""
The King of Comedy Raw and Sweaty!
Jose R. Perez | Yonkers, NY USA | 11/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robin Williams' laugh-riot HBO Special is a no-holds-barred comedy classic and a fitting document of the greatest funnyman of our generation. A master of fast and furious storytelling and 3-dimensional characters, Williams' genius is on full display for nearly two hours. The comedian's charm is evident - he leaps from joke to joke, each bit infused with warmth, irony and his now-trademark stream-of-consciousness dialogue. He draws on contemporary themes and hits every punchline like a concert pianist at the peak of his form. Never before has Williams been so accessible or hysterical and this special guarantees unlimited guffaws and side-splitting routines. He's sweaty and raunchy, childlike and mature all at once. Parents may want to save this DVD for personal viewing, since some bits are drenched in wicked adult humor, though Williams never offends - he gives his all and succeeds. Best of all, the Broadway event gets better on repeat viewings (rare as that is for comedy)so that like Lucille Ball before him (think grape-stomping, vitavitavegimin and chocolate assembly lines) the bits he delivers renew themselves time and time again. If laughter is lacking in your life, do yourself a favor and spend two hours with the Oscar-winning master of comedy."
R. Burney | Aurora, CO USA | 01/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw the tail end of Robin's Broadway show on HBO and laughed till I was crying, and I was absolutely thrilled when they put his show on DVD. It is an excellent purchase if you enjoy Williams' quirky, loud, and animated humor.His show, which runs over two hours and has very, very few parts that aren't funny, captures the full range of his comic abilities. You get to see Robin impersonate a monkey, a sexually frustrated ape, a little boy, George Bush, an Afghan trying to call a jihad with a mouth full of peanut butter, a drunken Scotsman, a stoner, a drunkard, and a patient recovering from a colonoscopy. His talent for improvising is obvious a few times throughout the show, most notably when he trips over his own tongue and still manages to turn his bungled words into a hysterical joke.Aside from the show--which any Robin Williams or comedy fan will enjoy--the DVD contains a few amusing extras, most notably a special feature called "noises." This tidbit captures all of the various noises that Robin makes throughout his two hour show and condenses them into about five minutes. Needless to say, this is the funniest thing on the DVD.Also included is an interview with the director of the show. This has its funny moments and sheds some interesting light onto how the show was produced (it actually didn't start out how it was intended to), and gives us a glimpse of Robin off the stage, but it is cut short, making it a relatively boring special feature after you've seen it once ("noises," on the contrary, can be viewed indefinitely).The producers of the DVD also included a five minute clip of Robin cracking jokes in the minutes before he was to go onstage. It gives us another glimpse of just how funny he can be without rehearsed jokes, but it falls short of greatness and can only be viewed once or twice.In short, if you enjoy the energetic style of comedy that Robin Williams exudes, or if you just want to laugh out loud about the absurdity of contemporary events, don't hesitate to add this to your collection. For a more intellectual and original show, however, I highly recommend Eddie Izzard's "Dress To Kill." (90/100)"
M. Joachim | Hoboken, NJ 07030 | 02/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent, excellent, excellent!Many of us associate Robin Williams with funny didactic movies that always end with a moral value. Well, in this live on Broadway standup routine (recorded for HBO from the Broadway Theater in New York City) Robin Williams throws whatever morallity he has out the window and enjoys an open mic. Watching this made me laugh until I was crying and suffering abdominal pain. For those of you expecting "Flubber" or "Hook" you will be quite suprised that Mr. Williams is extremely dirty and political as he throws controversial jokes straight at the camera. To explain the topics he covers is impossible because he is so fast and is capable of changing subjects so fast that to try to explain what it is about is far beyond my ability. In fact, he goes so fast, he finishes an entire CASE of water, which is probably about 20 bottles. More specifically, Williams takes advantage of his large talent of character acting and astounds his audiences. As he jumps back between is French "Look, I give a cigarette to a baby" to George Dubya saying "Our economy is--oh, look at the kitty!" He is not afraid to offend anyone as he examines religeons like Episcipals, Jews, Christianity, Puritanism, Calvanism, Buddism, Hinduism, and Islam. Because of the fact that this is a DVD, it comes with a few extra features. First is an interview which is very charming with several chuckles allthe way through. Also included is a track of noises, which are all of Robin's wacky sound effects that he creates throughout the stand up routine. For those of you who are always excited to find a secret easter egg, there is also a track called "Parental Advisory" that is 2 minutes of all the curses (which are EXTREMELY plentiful) that Robin uses. The feature is in PCM stereo as well as Dolby Digital 5.1.The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound I thought seemed a little weird since at random times you will hear applause behind you and it sounds unnnatural most likely due to bad mixing/editing.I would not, however, recommend any of this DVD for children under the age of 13, depending on how mature your children are. This probably deserves to be rated R or possibly even NC-17 because of it's extremely naughty language, vulgar topics and sexual content. All-in-all, Robin Williams is absoluletly hilarious, I think this is probably the best stand up routine I've ever seen and is definately worth the price."
Robin Williams-Funnier than Ever
Joseph J Clifford | South Setauket, NY United States | 11/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the special when it aired on HBO and I couldn't wait until I was able to buy it on DVD. I laughed so hard, I fell off the couch and peed in my pants at the same time. I've never seen him funnier, and the fact that it was uncensored only made it better.
He makes fun of everything and everyone--Canadians, sports, Parliament, even Olympic security. And look out when he starts to use those bottles of water on stage as a prop (trust me, you don't want to know). Having this show on DVD will only make it that much better. You can experience Robin Williams' truly twisted mind over and over again."