ALBANY, N.Y. – Actor and comedian Robin Williams’ performance at the Palace Theatre left a lasting impression on the Capital Region.
Williams was known for his outrageous stand-up routines. He performed a show at the Palace Theatre in 2008 where he was remembered for being spontaneous, speaking fast and in multiple accents, and making a joke with then-Mayor Jerry Jennings.
“Robin Williams was the kind of guy that could be in the moment, every moment that he was on stage,” Palace Theatre managing director Owen Smith said. “You hear all the time about his back-and-forth with then-Mayor Jerry Jennings.”
Sean Allen worked at the Palace when Williams passed through.
“You can tell he’s feeding off the audience,” he said. “And he’s basing his show on what’s going on in the spur of the moment.”
Smith said having Williams perform in Albany was “exciting.”
“Everyone has memory of Robin Williams, and for 2,800 or so people here in the Capital Region, they have memory of getting to see him in person, here, and that’s really special,” he said.
Williams was found dead in his California home Monday morning. Police ruled his death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. He was 63.