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Colorado promoter who knew Robin Williams from ‘Mork & Mindy’ days remembers his friend

Chuck Morris

Chuck Morris

DENVER — 1979 was a different time, and nobody knows that better than Chuck Morris, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Rocky Mountains.

“Robin was one of the funniest people I’ll ever meet,” Morris recounted.

Shortly after Robin Williams became a TV personality in Mork and Mindy, Morris noticed his genius and booked him to play at Boulder’s Macky Auditorium.

“We spent a lot of time together over a few days,” Morris said. “It was too much fun.”

Morris has worked with most of the best comics in the business including Steve Martin and Richard Pryor. Morris places Williams at the top of the list.

“He was always on,” Morris said.

Like most comics Morris described Williams as having a tortured soul. He also said that’s what made him brilliant.

Last year, Morris brought Williams back for a repeat performance at Macky Auditorium in Boulder. Williams signed a photograph of the two from 34 years earlier which read, “To Chuck – You rule the night.”

After his performance that night, Morris felt the same way about his friend.