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Norm Macdonald Just Told The Best Robin Williams Story

| by Alex Groberman

It is still too early to make any definitive statements about what caused Robin Williams to end his life in such tragic fashion, but his battle with depression is no secret. The Oscar winner admitted to abusing both cocaine and alcohol in the 1970s when he initially rose to prominence, and after 20 years of sobriety, he confessed to abusing alcohol again in 2003.

As recently as this past July, Williams spent time in an addiction treatment center hoping to get his demons under control.

Depression is extremely complex and not something that can be easily diagnosed or treated, but the one common characteristic that all people who battle depression have in common is that they tend to underestimate how much they mean to others. The feelings of inadequacy and sadness that permeate in their brains end up blinding them to the impact they have on those around them.

Numerous celebrities have spoken out over the past 24 hours regarding how Williams touched their lives, but one story in particular stuck out – comedian Norm Macdonald’s tale of meeting The Funniest Man On Earth.

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

— 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

— 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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

— 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

— 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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

— 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

— 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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

— 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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

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

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

Until today. #RIPRobinWilliams

— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) August 12, 2014

It's a shame that people like Williams, who are so detached from the folks they motivate and the lives they impact, will never truly know the mark they leave behind.