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Comedy/Other - Released March 26, 2010 | Columbia

Weapons of Self Destruction was originally planned as Robin Williams' last great jab at the Bush Jr. administration, but the comedian’s health issues -- including open-heart surgery to replace his aortic valve -- delayed the 2008 show until late 2009. As such, Williams’ first standup effort in six years is missing that little bit of purpose that helps tie his everywhere-at-once sets together, but it’s still hilarious and delivered at a breakneck speed. After Bush, the comedian’s own health (“Who knew the way to a man’s heart was through his groin”) plus his strong dislike of Sarah Palin (“How did they find her? Did Ronald Reagan have a kid with Vanna White and drop it off in Alaska?”) are the hot topics, with technology, the economy, and the no-hitter baseball game Doc Ellis pitched on LSD filling up most of the rest of the set. That’s “most” because, as usual, Williams' hyperkinetic nature means that a hundred or so unfinished ideas pop up and vanish just as quickly, just so he can drop gems like “A Tibetan terrorist? That’s like an Amish hacker.” This fast, scatterbrained way is the dividing line between his detractors and his fans, but the former should know that there’s humility here -- including an apology for the movie Bicentennial Man -- that makes the man more charming than ever. The latter will be pleased that after 35 years in the standup business he literally shows no signs of slowing down. ~ David Jeffries

Pop/Rock - Released April 11, 2006 | Columbia - Legacy


Humour - Released January 1, 1983 | Hip-O Select (PG)


Humour - Released January 1, 1979 | Hip-O Select (PG)

Comic genius Robin Williams was riding high with his starring role on the hit television sitcom Mork & Mindy when he recorded 1979's Reality...What a Concept, his debut comedy album. It was recorded live at the Copacabana in New York City and the Boarding House in San Francisco. Reality...What a Concept reached the Top Ten and went gold, which is more a testament to Williams' soaring popularity than the actual quality of the album, despite the fact it won the Grammy award for best comedy recording. Quite simply, Williams' maniacal, improvisational style at the time did not lend itself to cohesiveness. Williams had difficulty harnessing his own explosive brilliance, and as a result Reality...What a Concept is disjointed. The funniest tracks are "Kindergarten of the Stars," "Reverend Earnest Angry," "Shakespeare (A Meltdowner's Nightmare)," and "Tank You, Boyce." Williams' youthful exuberance and zaniness are evident, but he didn't make a focused, outstanding comedy album until several years later with A Night at the Met, which also benefited from the fact that he'd kicked alcohol and drugs. ~ Bret Adams