TEMPE, AZ - Few are more stunned by the sudden death of Robin Williams than fellow comics. There are several comedy clubs in the Valley and many working in the business say he’s been a role model since the beginning.
Jill Bryan is a regular performer at the Tempe Improv. She says Williams’ style of storytelling is something she’s tried learn from and use in her own career.
Bryan says she actually got to see Williams perform once on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"Just that little snippet of him ad-libbing and being Robin Williams was a glimpse into genius that not everyone gets to see and I was really fortunate to see that.”
Ryan Goldfinger manages the Tempe Improv and says Robin Williams’ name comes up often when he’s interviewing new talent.
“Young aspiring comics they always look up to certain people, he's one of the names I hear more commonly that inspired and convinced them to follow their dream," Said Goldfinger.
A picture of Robin Williams posing with the club's founder even hangs on the wall in the lobby.
Goldfinger says the Improv will likely plan their own tribute once they really have time to take in news of the his death.