Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Craig Glazer Remembers Robin Williams



TKC NOTE: Here's our pal and media impresario Craig Glazer remembering the passing of an American comedy icon who spent some time in Kansas City as well . . . 

Robin Williams Helped Make Stanford's A National Attraction

Arguably the biggest name in modern comedy history took his life yesterday, Robin Williams. He ranks up there with Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Tom Hanks as the biggest and best of our time. Williams has the bigger career with an Academy Award and tons of stand up awards. Hanks was never really a stand up. Pryor did some great film work but not at the level Williams did and George was more a great stand up with few film credits. So Williams is the 'Bob Hope' of our time I suppose. I knew him, liked him and he helped make our club in Westport a household name in KC and a comedy club nationwide with names that counted.

My partner, Don Woodbeck and I were in LA in 1981 to sell our movie Outlaws. Woodbeck would later be killed in 1982. We met Robin in the lunchroom of Universal Studios. He invited us to see his stand up that night at the Improv on Melrose. We went. It was an open mic night, few people there. Robin had just left Mork and Mindy his hit TV show. Robin had just done the film Popeye, which did not do so well, so he was hurting inside at the time.

These were THE days of white powder, Hollywood and party time. So almost all the big name stars were using the white powder. Robin was no exception and he had issues with it and booze his entire adult life. But hey he was a good guy and the most talented comic of our time in so many ways. I liked the man.

Robin wanted to work at a club in KC before he did his big theater show. He asked me to to Stanfords. He worked for free on a weeknight. At that time in 81 he was the biggest comedy star to take a stage in our city in that small a venue. He called my brother Jeff and said he was going to be there and work for free. Jeff hung up on him thinking it was one of my pals impersonating Williams on the phone. Robin came in, worked an hour for free on a weekday night. The line was out the door down the street when word got out. Hey we raised the tix from 2 bucks to 4 bucks, boy were we smart.

The trades in LA ran a story about Williams doing Stanfords and after that night every big star called and wanted to work our club. JJ Walker, Gabe Kaplan all the big names from that time. Robin Williams put us on the map.

His best pal was and is Bobcat Goldthwait. Bobcat was best man at Williams last wedding. We talk often of Robin. Bobcat loves him to death. So sad for Bobcat. Sad for us all we lost a great one. We will all miss this massive talent and nice, nice man.
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39 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I real surprised Craig didn't say he fucked him also.

Glazer Sucks said...

Predictable.
Boring.
Narcissistic.
The Glazer tumor on TKC is growing.

Do everyone a favor and asphyxiate yourself as well.

Anonymous said...

Heard that he hung himself.
Heard that he liked swinging.

Anonymous said...

Sad news Craig. So many sick people in this world. To make fun of all this. Robin did so much for so many. Thanks for telling us the story.

Anonymous said...

Fuck off Glazer.
Showboat scumbag.

Anonymous said...

Glazer saw you on channel 5 last night. Good interview on Robin Williams. Hey you looked good and awake.

Go Stretch Yer Neck! said...

didn't like him, didn't think he was funny, annoying.

Anonymous said...

Nah noo Nah Noo

Adrian Cronauer said...

Good Morning Kansas City!!!

Tom Hanks? I would not put Tom Hanks in the same category as Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Robin Williams.

Williams had been battling major depression and just prior to his death had reportedly reached the end of his rope!

Bada Boom!!!!
Thanks folks, I'll be in the lounge all week......and remember to tip your waitress.

Anonymous said...

Glazer just saw you on 5 and 41. I liked your comments.

elBryan said...

I don't care what the haters say. Craig has some great stories and doesn't apologize for who he is. This is an amazing localized story about Robin Williams that no one but Craig could have told.

So many people have enjoyed Robin Williams at some point in his career, so his death is felt by so many. This story establishes the connection that many of us in KC are looking for.

Don in Parkville said...

I think the greater tragedy here is that now there is a wife without a husband and children without a father. All because of a selfish act. I understand he took his own life and that is tragic but let's focus on the living people and the damage this act has created.

Anonymous said...

Buy some rope Glazer. Snitch asshole!

Anonymous said...

Craig did fuck him, Robin was just to coked up to remember it.

Rodger Adams of Liberty said...

Lets see here a convicted doper praising a doper how ironic is that. Robin didn't make Stanfords the people of KC did you fucking asshole so you best fucking get that in your drug riddled brain and guess what asshole I was there the night he did his little practice run which was ok but not as good as other stuff he did hence his wanting to try out his act before moving on to much better things. So Craig you fucking liar the line wasn't out the door and down the street as you say because nobody fucking knew he was there even myself or friends till he was on the stage. And to compare Robin to the likes of Hanks and Hope just proves even more what a stupid dumb fucker you are and why Hollywood hates your fucking guts and won't make your piss ass movie. Robin couldn't hold a candle to the likes of Carlin or for that matter Don Rickles either who is a great comedian with much better film work than Robin. After the Golden Era of Hollywood ended, Don Rickles is one man still living to tell his tales. Robin nope he couldn't take it sniffed the shit to many years got all paranoid and worked himself stiff. Sorry I have little sympathy for losers such as you Glazer and those who cash out from self abuse.

Hates Condescending Assholes. said...

Leave it to Glazer to drum up attention for himself on the death of another. I mean he has only been doing it to Woodbeck for 32 years now.

Anonymous said...

Stanford's is a national attraction? Half the people in CK even have never heard of it.

Anonymous said...

The Suicide Hotline is so unreliable. They always leave people hanging.
(cymbal crash)
A man went into a library and asked for a book on how to commit suicide.

The librarian said: "Fuck off, you won't bring it back."
(Cymbal Crash)

Anonymous said...

Doing drugs and hanging with the likes of Glazer will kill you everytime just ask Woodbeck. If I had to work or had worked with Glazer I probably wrap a belt around my neck as well.

Anonymous said...

Only in KC would the media give air time to a POS as Glazer about a real star killing himself. Then Glazer lying his ass off about it trying to make himself look good. One eye witness report from that night already says Glazer is full of shit.

Anonymous said...

The Glazers are everywhere. Craig on 5 and 41 Stan on 4. Seems when a big name dies they interview Craig. He did Joe Frasier and even Johnny Carson interviews. Guess he is a big deal here. Like it or not. He knows all these people.

Ben/KCMO said...

3:07 you must be the regular hater on here. I saw Glazer on 5 last night at tenish. What was he lying about? Williams did play Stanfords in Westport. It was all over the news back then. My brother saw the show. Glazer was in LA. Front page news when he sold his movie back then. Why is he always a liar by you and you have no back up. He is in the media almost daily. If wasn't right they'd know by now. He's our go to Hollywood guy in KC.

Anonymous said...

Oh Boy. Here we go. Craig Glazer is a famous name and person in KC. He is as close to household name as we get here except a few ball players. That is a fact. Stanford and Sons is also a household name. I never met anyone who hadn't heard of it or been there, except a dumb as hick.

Anonymous said...

Glazer is a fucking dick! Lying fucking snitch!

Anonymous said...

Fucking pussy. A real man would have shot himself.

Hey dimwit el Bryan....... said...

@ 10:22 we don't give a fuck what you say either. So fuck off and go draw some stupid pictures like a little kid.

Anonymous said...

Hater, obviously you admire Craig Glazer. You want to be Craig Glazer. He is everything you are not. Well known, a ladies man, handsome and well off. All you do is call him names. That's what little kids do to bigger kids they want to be like. Why not go meet Craig and get his autograph. Put it on your bathroom wall and enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

3:59 you stupid fuck you didn't read 11:42 but being as stupid as you are proves who you are. I am betting 3:56 3:59 and 4:12 are all in the one the same and either suck Craigs dick or is Craig himself either way look at the comments count you're loosing to the niggers woo hoo I am loving that.

In the news game said...

It's simple why Glazer is on the news about these people all the time the stations don't contact the Glazers trust me they hate them as much as most all people do. No Craig hears someone dies and if he has an angle on it he is on the phone begging for attention as fast as his finger dance across the numbers. There is lots of stuff he begs to go on air about that never makes it.

rico the plumber, kck said...

Gc is ridin high on new coke so expect the comments about how he is such a friend to robin because he played a warmup set here in 89 to continue until the wee hours.

Anonymous said...

Haters stop, Glazer is our Hollywood boy. He was on all three tv stations the last two days. They even interviewed his dad on Williams. Hey it was interesting. I'm sure they contacted Glazer. The guy is a newsmaker. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

He's a fucking snitch! Nothing more. He stole and lied and cheated his way through the 70s and 80s. Nothing has changed! If he was as relevant as he thinks he is he would be in LA, not giving away free tickets in KC.

Anonymous said...

10:11 go fuck yourself if the truth is to much to take.

Anonymous said...

What a shitty obituary

CG said...

I read many of these comments this morning. Wish we could take out some of the haters words on the death of such an important entertainment persons life. Robin Williams achieved as much or more than any comedy actor or stand up in history. Four Academy Award nominations says it all. HBO 'Relief' shows for 20 years with Woopi and Billy a giving man. So to see the usual personal attack from a couple hateful comment people well what can you say.

I met Williams, knew him really only in passing but his life was a smash hit. I'm sorry he is gone. Hey Lauren Bacall died at 89 yesterday. Much of the baby boomer generation is coming to an end. Kinda hard to watch.

Anonymous said...

1:36 says it all. I also don't know who this Glazer is. No, I'm not a hick, and no, I'm not being sarcastic.

Anonymous said...

I wish we could take you out Glazer now what the fuck you think of that asshole?
Stop putting you name to everything and we wills stop giving you shit ya retard.
This story sucked at KCC as well and the regs gave you shit as well so fuck off again asshole.

Epipen said...

They say celebrities exit in groups of three.......Robin Williams....Lauren Bacall....who's next?



....Breaking!!!....this just in!!....little known B-grade celebrity hanger-on Craig Glazer has died in a tragic accident. Seems he slipped on a rug.......slipped his rug on top of his bald head and went into anaphylaxis!!

Anonymous said...

Glazer will live on. Whatever he is or isn't he's better known than any hater on here. The guys achieved quite a bit. Just the truth guys.