Norm's Funny Story The Night He Met Robin Williams Backstage At Letterman

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Aug. 12, 2014

A few other sites have noted Norm MacDonald's story about meeting Robin Williams for the first time backstage at the Letterman show, but I really wanted to see if I could match the appearances both had made that night according to the details of Norm's story. After checking out some IMDB credits, the night this story took place was December 28th, 1993.

The night Norm met "the funniest man in the world".

For now, if you haven't read Norm's amazing tale posted to his twitter account earlier today about meeting who he called "the funniest man in the world", here are the collection of tweets below.

The story is great, but like I said I really wanted to see if I could get a visual to it all. Luckily, after matching some details, I found both of their appearances which makes this story that much more fruitful. I wasn't 100% sure if the Robin Williams interview below occured the same night prior to Norm's appearance, but Letterman does in fact mention Norm MacDonald as an upcoming guest at the 9:46 mark.

First, here's Robin's interview to put what Norm was feeling in perspective as far as following someone as hilarious as Robin. And boy, he was on that night and definitely at the top of his game as he was there to promote the already successful Mrs. Doubtfire.

And finally Norm's stand up appearance which also marked his first appearance on Letterman. Amazing to watch this video now knowing the incredible experience he had with Williams moments before.

Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing, Norm. Mrs. Doubtfire went on to be the 2nd highest grossing film of 1993 behind Jurassic Park.

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Norm's tweet source: Complex

KEVIN_224 User

The video still above with Norm was from Dave's NBC show at 12:35 AM.

stryk9 User

in the last second of Norm video it looks like Leno not Letterman

Gordon-Jones-579 User

Don't think this is the same date.  Norm mentioned that Robin tied his tie in a Windsor, but he is not wearing a tie in the video.

zawooop User

Good post Todd. Thanks.


@Gordon-Jones-579 Good eye for the literal though Firstly- Cannot imagine Norm made many appearances around the time and secondly - think Norms story was talking about things Robin was pretending to do - Not sure he really measured and made trousers etc.