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Local comedians reflect on death of Robin Williams

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Local comedians who have been inspired by Robin Williams reflect on the loss his death leaves in the entertainment industry. 21 News caught up with some of them during open mic comedy night at the Halligan Bar in Youngstown.

"Before we start we're going to take just a moment and remember Mr. Robin Williams who passed away today (Monday)," said Greg Stumbo.

The sudden news of actor-comedian Robin Williams' death hasn't sunk in yet for comedian and producer Greg Stumbo.

"It almost stopped my heart. He's the whole reason I got into comedy-him and Steve Martin. I grew up with them and said some day I got to get good enough to do this and that's the whole reason I'm producing this show is so that the other comics can get out there too. It's been a huge part of my life."

Comedian Joe McCormick was inspired by Mork and Mindy and Williams' HBO specials.

"He has and mostly it's because he's short and so I figured that could help me out. I figured he was funny I wasn't but we were both short so maybe I could follow in his footsteps and I'm an alien."

What set Williams apart in Stumbo's book is that Williams was not just a comedian he was an entertainer.

"The energy! The way he could grip an audience no matter what he was doing."

Newer comedian Ethan Timmerman remembers his movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire."

"I think that was his success. He could appeal to all these different kinds of audiences really get out there and make a name for himself," said Timmerman.

Stumbo encourages people to support live comedy because he believes the next Robin Williams is out there but hasn't been found yet.

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