I wrote a Sitcom Pilot called, ” Psycho Nannies.” When I wrote this teleplay, I envisioned Robin Williams playing the psychiatrist who had social anxiety disorder. And, when I went on vacation to Las Vegas, and I found out he was performing at MGM, I knew I had to meet him. How? . . . was another issue all together.
I decided that I had to meet him, so my creative ideas started to bubble up. I purchased a ticket to his show at the last minute, and got a seat in the 8th row on the floor on the aisle. I knew this was a sign. I wanted to give him my business card, and tell him about the sitcom pilot . . . but I knew my options were limited. I went to the gift shop at MGM and looked around for ideas. I found a red MGM golf towel, and decided to sew my business card onto it, then somehow give it to him during the show. After all I thought, I was on the 8th row. . . . He was wonderful of course, and I kept waiting for the perfect moment to give him the towel. I was ready with my towel, and then he finished his comedy routine and left the stage. I was devastated.
Then, with all of the applause, he returned to the stage. I was thrilled. I rushed up to the stage to give him the towel. He saw me, and came over to me. He said, “What’s this?” as I handed him the red towel. I said, “It’s just something for you.” He said laughing, as he took the towel, “You’d better watch out for that old lady.” There was an old lady, who was the person keeping people in their seats, who was headed straight for me. He went back to his show. I was thrilled that he held my red towel through the rest of the show, and used it as a prop. He had bottles of water that he used as part of his skit . . . and he wiped his brow with the towel numerous times. At one point, he used the towel to wipe up water that he spilled.
He walked off the stage, still using my red towel to wipe his sweaty brow. I couldn’t be happier! I have always loved Robin Williams, and this is my fond memory of our one-time interaction. He was a wonderful person, and will be missed deeply. Robin, you will always be Dr. Otto Know in my sitcom. I have not yet obtained representation for this sitcom pilot, but I know that there is no one who could play the psychiatrist like he could . . . Thank you, Robin, for all of your inspiration!
Until later, Peggy