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Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to Robin Williams: ‘He was one of a kind’

There has been many tears shared since the tragic death of actor/comedian Robin Williams was announced Monday. Many fans and fellow celebrities have taken the time to celebrate the life of a man who put many smiles on the faces and delivered many laughs in the lives of so many. On Tuesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon took the time to pay tribute to a man he certainly looked up to.

Jimmy Fallon hosts 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on February 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)
Photo by Mike Coppola

The episode started with a “nanu nanu” from Questlove of the roots. It was a tribute to Williams’s character from the 1970s sitcom “Mork and Mindy” that so many have grown up adoring. It was the start of a great career and the first of many characters Williams became known for. The night didn’t go without tears, but they were tears of celebration as later in the show, Fallon took the time to share his own memory of Robin Williams.

Holding back tears, Fallon shared, “He was one of a kind, he was unbelievable. If you don’t know his standup, you should watch it right now.” Fallon then got up and started impersonating Williams by imitated his voice and unique movements. He continued, “You’d watch him and you would cry laughing, and you would think, ‘I’m never going to see anyone like this human ever.’”

Fallon then shared a clip of the late comedian’s first appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 1981. The clip showed Williams at his best, dancing around and interacting with the audience. It is one of the images that fans, friends and family will remember most about Williams. There was always a since of excitement in his delivery and a sense of genuine connection in the characters he played. Williams died at the young age of 63, but in the words of Jimmy Fallon, he will always be the “Muhammad Ali of comedy.” His punches left scars filled with laughter.