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Robin Williams on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" (1981)
Robin Williams' combustible energy was a godsend on talk shows. While most guests wait for the host to ramble off a series of predictable, tame questions, Williams was willing to upend the interview with extreme characterizations and that bawdy, but curiously palatable sense of humor. He was game to be hilarious at all times, and though he was fabulous on every show where he guested, we're most fond of his innocent, exhilarating Carson appearances. -Louis Virtel