Norm MacDonald Tweeted An Incredible Story Of Meeting Robin Williams

Equal parts funny, sweet, and totally heartbreaking.

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Of all the remembrances of Robin Williams online last night, the one from former Saturday Night Live star Norm MacDonald is among the most touching.

MacDonald shared an emotional memory of Williams boosting him up when he was a nervous young comic who was about to do his first show on Letterman.

It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:07 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was a punk kid from rural Ontario and I was in my dressing room, terrified. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

I was a punk kid from rural Ontario and I was in my dressing room, terrified. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:08 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was on the phone to a friend back home when the funniest man in the world ambled by. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

I was on the phone to a friend back home when the funniest man in the world ambled by. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:09 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

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. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:10 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I guess he heard me say his name, cause in an instant he was at my side. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

I guess he heard me say his name, cause in an instant he was at my side. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:11 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He was a jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, asked which way I dressed. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

He was a jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, asked which way I dressed. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:13 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:15 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

My friend didn't believe me so I said, "Could you talk to my friend, sir. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

My friend didn't believe me so I said, "Could you talk to my friend, sir. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:15 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The funniest man in the world took the phone and for ten minutes took my friend's chinese food order. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

The funniest man in the world took the phone and for ten minutes took my friend's chinese food order. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:19 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I laughed and laughed and it was like I was in a dream because no one else was there. No one. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

I laughed and laughed and it was like I was in a dream because no one else was there. No one. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:21 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The place was out of Moo Shoo Pork, and there was nothing he could do about it. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

The place was out of Moo Shoo Pork, and there was nothing he could do about it. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:23 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

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. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:24 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Then the funniest man on earth dressed me, a complete stranger, and i remember he ended with a windsor knot. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

Then the funniest man on earth dressed me, a complete stranger, and i remember he ended with a windsor knot. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:25 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.#RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

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.#RIPRobinWilliams

4:27 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

No one witnessed any of this. No one. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

No one witnessed any of this. No one. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:27 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The funniest man alive was in my dressing room a good half-hour and was far funnier than the set I had to do soon.#RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

The funniest man alive was in my dressing room a good half-hour and was far funnier than the set I had to do soon.#RIPRobinWilliams

4:29 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

ll of a sudden it was, had to. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

ll of a sudden it was, had to. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:29 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

When he left my dressing room, I felt alone. As alone as I ever remember feeling. #RIPRobinWilliams

Norm Macdonald@normmacdonald

When he left my dressing room, I felt alone. As alone as I ever remember feeling. #RIPRobinWilliams

4:32 AM - 12 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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