Comedian, radio personality, actor and New York Times bestselling author Jim Norton penned a moving op-ed today (8/12) regarding the passing of Robin Williams on TIME.com titled, “Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest.” Norton reflects on relating and interacting with Williams, Williams’ influence on his fellow comedians, battling his own suicidal thoughts and the evolution of comedy “from happy-go-lucky pie-in-the-face jesters to the stuff of the deeply personal and honest with the coming of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin” and how “the public began to see, through brilliant material and public battles with personal demons, that the people who made them laugh the hardest seemed to be enjoying life the least.”
Read Norton’s piece here: http://time.com/3103256/robin-williams-dead-jim-norton/
About Jim Norton:
In recent years, Norton has emerged as one of today’s most versatile and unique voices in comedy and recently premiered his talk show, The Jim Norton Show on VICE.com. He is a regular on The New York Times bestselling list; has sold out theaters nationwide as a standup comedian; and has collaborated with everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon to Amy Schumer. For more information on Jim Norton, go to www.jimnorton.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @jimnorton or on Facebook.