Fans remember Robin Williams' standup act at Crest Theater

Robin Williams' comedic talents went beyond the small and big screens. Williams was also a stand-up comic. Four years ago, he brought his act to Sacramento.

In October 2010, Williams performed at the Crest Theater before a sold-out crowd.

"I got to do the announcement before the show, so I joked that I opened for Robin Williams," recalled Sid Garcia-Heberger, general manager of the theater.

The show was kept a secret until three days before Williams went on stage.

"He was getting ready to do an Australian tour and he wanted to work on some new material that he'd been working on and wanted to be able to perform it in front of a different audience than a Bay Area audience," Garcia-Heberger said.

The 975-seat theater was sold out in less than 30 minutes. All proceeds were donated to the Sacramento Food Bank.

"I wanted to see him again. Looked forward to seeing him again," fan Keith Lowell Jensen said.

Jensen was one of a few who not only saw Williams perform that night but also worked with him as a stand-up comic.

"I ran into him once and he told me he'd seen a clip of mine on YouTube and started telling me about it," Jensen said.

Williams was a major influence for other local comedians.

"I got to share the stage with him a few times and the thing I remember the most is just how down-to-earth he was. How cool he was to young comics," Johnny Taylor said.

While the final curtain fell on the life of a comedic genius, William's legacy lived through his films as fans remembered those many moments he made us laugh.

A tragic end to a talented life that inspired countless of people - both on and off the screen.


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