Norm Macdonald's Tribute To Robin Williams Will Make You Laugh And Cry Simultaneously

Norm Macdonald's Touching Tribute To Robin Williams Will Make You Smile
BURBANK, CA - AUGUST 03: Comedian Norm Macdonald on stage at the 'Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget' on the Warner Brothers Lot on August 3, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
BURBANK, CA - AUGUST 03: Comedian Norm Macdonald on stage at the 'Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget' on the Warner Brothers Lot on August 3, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Norm Macdonald, a friend and colleague of Robin Williams, shared a poignant and touching anecdote about the beloved actor Tuesday.

In the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story, posted on Twitter, the comedian remembers his first encounter with "the funniest man in the world," who comforted a young Macdonald as he nervously sat in a dressing room prior to his first stand-up appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

The hashtag #RIPRobinWilliams ends each tweet, giving each line of the story a poetically repetitive quality.

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

Until today. #RIPRobinWilliams

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

Unacceptable. #RIPRobinWilliams

β€” Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

Before You Go

"Everyone has these two visions when they hold their child for the first time. The first is your child as an adult saying 'I want to thank the Nobel Committee for this award.' The other is 'You want fries with that?'"

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