Robin Williams – A Night At The Met (1986)

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer and voice artist. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. Williams went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.

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A Night at the Met is the third official album release by Robin Williams on August 9, 1986. It features segments recorded live at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The album won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance Single or Album, Spoken or Musical.

The album was released the year before Williams’ critically acclaimed performance in the motion picture Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). He had been shifting his focus from stand-up comedy to film making for several years, and A Night at the Met would be one of his last major concerts during the 1980s. The show is a mix of Williams’ quick-witted humor and voice work, with rants on the topics of drugs, sex, world affairs, and parenting. References to the events and people of the 1980s are mentioned heavily throughout; U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev are central to many of the jokes.

With Robin Williams at the cusp of what would become a very successful film career, A Night at the Met served as a kind of standup swan song for him. He had already made a considerable impression on the public, both as the lovable alien Mork and through his frenetically paced standup routines, but cocaine addiction threatened to derail his skyrocketing career — the fuel for his fire was serving to burn him out as well. Cleansed of that addiction, A Night at the Met found Williams full of the same energy and maniacal pace that endeared him to his audience in the first place — only, this time, the fuel was strictly internal. Overcoming addiction left Williams with a smorgasbord of hilarious and poignant material at his disposal and his wry and intelligent musings on the dangers of overindulgence held extra weight, because he had been there. Ruminations on drugs, relationships, and the Reagan administration were observationally dead-on and served up with a side of Williams‘ trademark, telling sentimentality. The sentimental and the hilarious reached a crescendo when the subject matter turned to the birth of his son. Among the pregnancy and pee jokes, Williams injected serious concerns for the future with a glimmer of hope that all might not be as dismal as it seemed. Hilarious, poignant, outrageous, and heartwarming, A Night at the Met came at a unique time — capturing Robin Williams at both his career and personal best.

Tracklist

1.  “Opening”  – 1:58
2.  “Ballet”  – 1:31
3.  “Alcohol”  – 5:27
4.  “Marijuana”  – 2:21
5.  “Cocaine”  – 4:11
6.  “Cops”  – 2:53
7.  “Reagan”  – 5:45
8.  “Khadafi”  – 1:51
9.  “Spring”  – 1:32
10.  “Men’s Parts”  – 1:37
11.  “Lust”  – 3:48
12.  “Dr. Roof”  – 4:33
13.  “Pregnancy”  – 2:08
14.  “Childbirth”  – 4:14
15.  “Childhood”  – 6:03
16.  “…And the Future”  – 3:16

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Credits

Notes

Released:  August 09, 1986
Recorded live at:  The Metropolitan Opera, N.Y.C.
Mastered at:  Precision Lacquer
Genre:  Stand-up comedy
Style:  Non-Music
Length:  53:13 (audio album)

Label – Columbia Records

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