CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler introduced him as “the biggest get of the season, actually many seasons” and “one of the defining comedy voices of our time”. Then Robin Williams semi-shocked advertisers with topics not usually discussed on a network upfront stage. Williams plays a “renowned and slightly unhinged” advertising genius/madman in the comedy The Crazy Ones with co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar as his partner and daughter. The show from David E. Kelley and Jason Winer was frenetic and not laugh-out-loud funny but received with big applause. And then Williams walked out. “Nice to come through the strip club motif,” he began. “Welcome to Sugar Daddy’s, where old men dance for young girls.” He likened the upfronts to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show “but with more agents, and a little less ass-sniffing”. I couldn’t make out his punchline about partial circumcisions. But everybody in the audience roared when Robin reminded them, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been on TV, 30 years, when there were much simpler upfronts — and a mound of coke.” He noted how “in the old days there were only 3 networks, but now there are hundreds” offering an assortment of programming. “And if a little child wants to be transported to the Land Of Make-Believe, there’s Fox News.” With that, he ended. “Nice to have a job where the checks will clear.”

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