12 Lengths That Robin Williams Has Gone To Make Us Laugh

Extreme lengths = extreme laughs. And he’s bringing even more funny with Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Wolk in TV’s #1 new show The Crazy Ones, Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS.

1. After auditioning for the role of Mork, Williams was told to sit down. He did so not by sitting with his butt, but with his head.

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2. For Moscow on the Hudson, Williams spent a year learning Russian customs, including a month of language classes for five hours a day.

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3. He did so much ad-libbing that Aladdin had 16 hours of usable material.

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And all of that improvising cost the script an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

4. While voicing the film, he also spent time cheering up the cast and crew of Schindler’s List.

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Steven Spielberg put Williams on speakerphone to help raise the spirits of everyone on set.

5. It took a whopping four and a half hours every day to do his makeup for Mrs. Doubtfire.

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6. And to test the character’s authenticity, Williams wore the costume to an adult bookstore.

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7. He chased down a woman who went to the bathroom during his stand-up routine.

8. He named his daughter after an awesome video game character. (And they did a commercial together!)

9. In his Oscar-nominated role for Good Morning, Vietnam, Williams’ dialogue behind the microphone was entirely improvised.

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10. Williams went camping in the director’s backyard before shooting Jack.

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11. For the Patch Adams scenes filmed at The University of North Carolina, Robin Williams would do stand-up for classes that were in session.

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12. Williams improvised enough material to create an entirely alternate version of Flubber.

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Inspired by all the times he cracks us up in The Crazy Ones.

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