Last year, I was asked to give the eulogy at my uncle’s wake.
It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’m fine with public speaking. That was much different.
I wrote out a speech and read it right from the page. I broke down four, probably five times, and every time I did the room of roughly thirty people did the same. It took everything in my heart and guts to finish that speech.
Last night, at the 2014 Emmy awards, Billy Crystal gave a eulogy for his good friend Robin Williams in front of thousands of people in the audience and millions watching at home. He managed to make it through, voice cracking and eyes watering, but he delivered the speech. Nailed it, to be honest.
Here’s that speech and a brief video honoring the late Robin Williams. If you saw it live, watch it again, because it’s just that good.
In his touching tribute, Billy Crystal retells a funny story about being in the Mets broadcast booth with Robin Williams during a game back in the 1980s. The guys over at Thunder Treats dug up the footage of that booth visit.