SiriusXM will celebrate the late great Robin Williams this Fourth of July week with several days of tributes on its Comedy Greats channel (Ch. 94) with “Robin Williams: God Bless America.”
The tributes feature the exclusive premieres of two new specials – Dance For The People and Working On Material – both of which include never-before-heard sets from the late comedian’s personal archives.
Dance For The People was recorded in October 2001, with Williams working on new stand-up material at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco just a month after the 9/11 attacks. Working On Things finds Williams back at Bimbo’s 365 Club, in December 2006, as he works on jokes for his MGM Grand and Weapons of Self Destruction specials.
SiriusXM’s special programming will also include the rarely-heard “Carpe Diem” recording, taped in Kabul, Afghanistan, and demonstrating the long-beloved relationship Williams had with the USO and the U.S. military troops serving overseas.
The SiriusXM tributes also include an encore of host Ron Bennington’s original audio documentary, “Robin Williams: A Life In Comedy,” which features commentary from fellow comedians and friends of Williams’, including: Bobcat Goldthwait, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Jay Mohr, Gilbert Gottfried, Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Papa, Chris Gethard, Big Jay Oakerson, Ron White, Reggie Watts, Barry Crimmins, Rick Overton, David Steinberg, Paul Provenza, and Bobby Slayton.
“Robin Williams: God Bless America” premieres on Wednesday, July 3, at 3–7 pm ET. It will replay multiple times throughout Independence Day week and weekend, including July 4 at 2 and 7 pm ET and Friday at 11 am ET.
For the Robin Williams fans out there, you probably know about Dave Itzkoff’s biography of Robin, but also you now can obtain a 22-disc boxed set, Robin Williams: Comic Genius Deluxe Set, which includes:
- All five HBO stand-up specials together for the very first time, including Off the Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1983), An Evening at the MET (1986), Live on Broadway (2002) and Weapons of Self Destruction (2009)
- Never-before-released shows, including Robin’s full MGM Grand Garden stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour in 2012, a conversation on stage between Williams and comedian David Steinberg
- Robin’s best talk show and late-night TV appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Graham Norton Show, Saturday Night Live and more
- Rare, never-before-seen clips including early stand-up, raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots, a hilarious toast to Richard Pryor by Robin as Mrs. Doubtfire, and more
- Brand new interviews with close friends and family including Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Jay Leno, Eric Idle, David Steinberg, Lewis Black and Zak Williams
- 11 hilarious episodes of Mork & Mindy, including the two-part pilot!
- James Lipton’s Emmy® Award-nominated 90-minute interviewwith Robin on Inside the Actors Studio, plus deleted scenes
- A comprehensive collection of Robin’s USO shows around the world
- Hours of bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, local highlights from tour stops, promos and more. Featurettes include: The Early Years, San Francisco: Where It All Started, Comic Genius, and TV’s Best Guest
- Critically acclaimed 2018 HBO documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind from Emmy® Award-winning director Marina Zenovich and Oscar-winning producer Alex Gibney.
- “Robin Williams: Uncensored,” a collectible 24-page, full-color memory book featuring rare, archival photos from award-winning photographer Arthur Grace, reminiscences from friends and colleagues, Robin’s personal tour notes and more.