Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies

From classic HBO specials to arena-comic concert flicks, these bits continue to crack us up

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8. 'Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met' (1986)

It starts with a posh, night-at-the-opera crowd filing into Lincoln Center — then the curtains open and Robin Williams literally leaps out of the wings of the historical venue, bounding around the stage like a ballet dancer wired to a car battery. "I wonder if Pavarotti is at the Improv right now going, 'Two Jews walk into a bar...", he cracks, and we're off on a wild ride though the comedian's subconscious. "As an artist, Robin Williams represented the dizzy heights of brilliance we could aspire to," Margaret Cho once said about the late, great comic. "He was absolutely free and absolutely stunning – he could do anything and often did." In the case of this legendary gig, that meant riffing on everything from Jesus Christ returning as Charles Bronson to the South's sodomy laws at light speed. The room looked huge — and by the end, with dozens of voices and characters spilling out of him, he's effortlessly filled it. DF

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