After a pause, he said, "Wrong Notre Dame."
With that, the 58-year-old comedian launched into an uproarious 90-minute performance that demonstrated his wide range of accents and featured tightly written material while leaving room for his signature free-association and improvisational skills.
He spent most of the show in almost constant motion, moving left-to-right and back again or pantomiming part of his routine, but this was more of a conversational Williams than the manic one who usually shows up for his appearances on talk shows.
He also, however, stumbled a few times with his rehearsed material, but each time, he recovered and demonstrated that his quick wit remains intact.
In one instance, for example, while discussing how his bowel movements were the last function to come back "online" after his open-heart surgery earlier this year, Williams meant to say he feared he'd need a "rectal exorcism" but instead said "rectal ventriloquism."
No matter, he forged on and improvised for two or three minutes about that and concluded that "ventriloquism" might work better as the punch line.
Williams also had material tailored for the local audience -- delivered seamlessly --with jokes about the
Williams' most pointed local reference -- various sources supplied his management with information in the weeks leading up to his performance -- came while discussing some people's fears regarding
Multiple national politicians came under fire, with former Vice President
Williams said comedians shouldn't despair at the loss of Bush for material: They have Vice President
" 'I'm proud to run with
And "whenever you need comedy, there's always Sarah," he said next, referring to
Later, he referred to U.S. Olympic swimmer
Williams' open-heart surgery this year also provided him with material, from the types of replacement valves he was offered -- "I was hoping I'd get an iHeart" -- to ruminations about buying organs from the
Williams bemoaned the porn industry's appropriation of some of his film's titles and then -- in perfect impersonations -- imagined
For his encore, Williams talked about knowing
Just moments earlier, Williams paused, his shirt drenched in sweat, and said, "You people are like, 'Wow, we've seen a lot.' "
That's not as self-congratulatory as it may seem -- it's true.
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