The documentary will feature interviews with many of Williams' colleagues and fellow comedians from over the years including Billy Crystal, Lewis Black, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Pam Dawber and Zak Williams.
"The genius of Robin Williams lay in his ability to make a room, a comedy club, a concert hall or the whole world laugh", HBO says of the documentary in a press release. "Stand-up is survival", he explains. "Offstage, I just felt he was holding himself together".
Directed by Marina Zenovich, the documentary debuted at this year's Sundance for Zenovich's third time and earned rave reviews from critics, now holding a 100% rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews.
See the trailer above. I saw this at Sundance, and while it is deeply moving and heartfelt, it's a more straightforward doc and not as clever or unique as I was hoping.
Not only does the documentary use ample footage of Williams taken from interviews and standup shows, it includes insight from those who knew him well. In May, a biography of the actor titled Robin, written by Dave Itzkoff claimed that Williams suffered from Lewy body dementia, which drove him to despair and ultimately, suicide.