Web Extra: Comedy Club Stardome owner reflects on the life of Robin Williams

Bruce Ayers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – On Monday the world learned the tragic news that one of its biggest comedic stars, Robin Williams, died at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide. Bruce Ayers, the owner of the Comedy Club Stardome in Hoover spoke with WIAT 42 about the unfortunate loss of Williams.

“It’s a shock for everybody,” said Bruce, “Robin Williams was without a doubt one of the most talented people I had ever heard of…He took comedy to a whole ‘nother level.”

Bruce says Williams has left his mark on comedy because he was able to get in any situation and make it funny. He described Williams though as a, “incredibly talented [and] troubled guy.”

Bruce believes that Williams range was incredible especially with everything he was battling through, “the range he had…he could do it all…to think he was doing all of that and he was [battling] depression…It’s sad that someone who could be so funny and bring so much joy to so many people, have this demon inside of them.”

When asked what lesson people can learn from this tragedy, Bruce says, “everybody out there that has a friend that may be depressed that may be down, give them a call…sometimes if we reach out we might save someone’s life, we might be a better friend.”

As for Robin Williams lasting legacy, Bruce believes, “deep down inside he was a great guy and he helped a lot of people.”

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