Ed Driscoll

And Now, a Word From Jonathan Winters

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“A devotee of Groucho Marx and Laurel and Hardy, Winters and his free-for-all brand of humor inspired Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Tracey Ullman and Lily Tomlin, among many others,” including Robin Williams, who returned the favor by featuring Winters in the last season of Mork and Mindy, AP reported in their obit yesterday for the 87 year old comic. “Carson in particular lifted Winters’ Maude Frickert character almost intact for the long-running Aunt Blabby character he portrayed on The Tonight Show.

The two would meet at Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roast for Carson in 1973; the punchline of Williams’ rambling improv is a hoot.