Wishing Robin Williams only the best as he undergoes heart surgery. Williams announced today that he would postpone the rest of his nationwide stand-up comedy tour while he recuperates. This hits close to home personally, and I hope and trust Williams will be back and ready to perform in a few months — although for such a high-energy guy, he'll have to find a way to take it easy when he does return. Here is his statement:

Robin Williams is postponing the remainder of his critically acclaimed
one-man show, “Weapons of Self-Destruction,” to undergo surgery for an
aortic valve replacement. The tour is expected to resume in the fall.
Previously purchased tickets will be honored once the new dates are
scheduled or ticketholders can contact their place of purchase for
refunds.

“I’m so touched by everyone’s support and well wishes,” said
Williams. “This tour has been amazing fun and I can’t wait to get back
out on the road after a little tune-up.”

On a related note, it makes me wonder what happens to our favorite comedians when they get older and need to be cared for?

Veteran comedians and variety performers Shelley Berman, Austin "Rocky" Kalish, Hal Kanter, Gary Owens, and Paul Pumpian gathered around the lunch table recently to talk about how they're upset at a proposal to close down the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital and long-term care units. It's part of the Saving the Lives of Our Own campaign.