Review: Robin Williams @ Blaisdell Arena

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Thousands packed Blaisdell Arena Monday night to see Robin Williams during his final stop of his “Weapons of Self Destruction” world tour. From the moment he first stepped on stage, Williams had the entire arena laughing with his unique brand of observational humor, irreverent similes and off-the-cuff improvisations.

From Oprah Winfrey to Vice President Joe Biden to Sarah Palin to the Birthers, Quantas Airlines, raccoons, coyotes and platypuses, no one was safe from his witty, yet scathing remarks. Here’s a sample of his creative similes (that are decent enough to repeat in this blog): “George W. Bush as a motivational speaker is like having Lindsay Lohan as a guidance counselor,” and “Mel Gibson says things on voice mail that makes people with tourettes say, ‘Good one.’”

Showing his talent for unscripted humor, Williams turned his attention on a woman in the audience who had just returned from a trip to the concession stand. She had missed the entire bit about him receiving a new heart valve, so the audience laughed when she offered him some of her garlic fries. Williams then instructed the person in the seat next to her to fill her in on what she had missed. When she then offered him some of her beer, Williams responded with, “I’m an alcoholic, so I can either have a heart attack or fall off the wagon… Thanks.”

However, the best part of Williams’ show was his interplay with the sign language interpreter. Early in the show, Williams noticed a woman doing sign language for a group of deaf audience members. He started asking her what the sign would be for various dirty words and sayings, which became a running gag throughout the show. Williams frequently stopped in the middle of his jokes to see what the sign would be for whatever crude thing he said and mimicked it to the audience. There were several times during his set when he either apologized or challenged the interpreter by saying, “Lets see you come up with a sign for that.”

Last night, Williams proved he’s still as funny as ever. At the end of the show, everyone in the audience left buzzing about which punchlines they’d repeat to friends and co-workers. The only negative thing about the show was that it was a single engagement. So, if you weren’t one of the fortunate ones at Blaisdell Monday night to see one of the funniest comedians on the planet, you’ll just have to hope that he returns to Hawaii for his next tour.

“EVERYBODY GETS PUDDING!!!”

7 comments
Tinabobina808
Tinabobina808

I was at the show on the risers and found myself looking at Robin on stage and at the big screens above him. Great seats by the way. His irreverent slant on everything was hilarious. His impression of Mrs. Doubtfire doing a porno flick was unbelievably funny. Yet he saved my favorite for last, his impression and tribute to Walter Cronkite. Most of my enjoyment came from seeing the person I went with almost fall out of his chair laughing out loud!!!

hikino
hikino

It's a great week of comedy in Oahu. Starting with Robin Williams on Monday, Gabriel Iglesias on Friday and finishing up with Russell Peters on Saturday. Back to back comedy at the Concert Hall!

MaxMaxMax
MaxMaxMax

Never forget a few years ago we were walking through North Beach area of SanFran and saw a letter sized paper posted on a box office window of a comedy club that said simply, "Robin Williams, 8pm."
He called in that afternoon and decided to do a set at a hole in the wall comedy club. We walked up, bought tickets for a "very" reasonable price, sat down and 30 minutes later, there he was! What a show!!!

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

Looks like it was a great show.

hikino
hikino

@edmorita @DianeSeo I thought there were two but I wasn't sure. I hope the other interpreter got a handshake and a job well done from Robin Williams.

I just finished chatting with a lady who sat near the interpreters--she said it was like watching two comedy shows for the price of one!

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@hikino @DianeSeo There were two interpreters who took turns. They should have put a camera on them.

hikino
hikino

@DianeSeo It sure was. The weird thing was it didn't appear to be sold out or even full, more like 2/3 or 3/4 full. Guess a Monday night and somewhat high prices compared against Gabriel Iglesias and Russell Peters resulted in that. There was a lot of room in the nosebleed section, where I was. Secured the ticket at the box office in the afternoon of the day of the show.

And kudos to the sign interpreter. She managed to keep up with the mainiac pace and taught everyone a new sign, which cannot be shown in polite or mixed company, in response to one of William's jokes/challenges. And kudos to Robin Williams in giving props to her at the end of the show, and shaking her hand.

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