I was deeply saddened yesterday to hear that Robin Williams had died, apparently at his own hand. He was to my mind the greatest comedic talent of his generation. Clearly, like his mentor and inspiration, Jonathan Winters, he had his demons which lead him to drug abuse, alcoholism, and now death.
I think it was Carol Burnett, the great comedienne of the previous generation, who characterized comedy as tragedy plus time. I do not know the pain that was the wellspring of his comedy but there simply was not enough time. His tragedy has now overtaken him.