BOISE -- A day after his suicide, people across the world are sharing memories of Robin Williams. One of those people is Sean Peabody.
The Boise comic worked with and was friends with Williams. Peabody was absolutely shocked when he heard the news and didn't even believe it at first. Now that the news has sunk in, he shared with us that Williams was not just a great actor and comedian, but a very giving person.
Sean met him about 10 years ago when Williams just swung by a comedy club to give some guidance to the guys just starting out. That, apparently, was a common thing for him to do.
Also, all-too-common, according to Sean, are the demons that comedians battle.
"Nobody looks at those demons," Peabody said. "We have to shield that away from our group. Our audience and our fan base, they don't want to hear that we have problems. They don't want to hear that we're battling these things. They just want to hear jokes. 'Make me laugh. Make me smile. Make me laugh.' Nobody actually comes to a comedian, and says, 'Hey, how are you doing?' Nobody ever says that. Most folks when they look at us, they just say, 'Hey, make me laugh. I'm feeling really crappy today, so I need you to make me not feel that way anymore.' But then, nobody really asks us, and says, 'Hey, how are you doing? What's going on with you?'"
Peabody says this is his third friend and comedian that has committed suicide in the past five years.
He is trying to help Williams live on by continuing to do what Williams taught him, give back. Sean teaches free classes for up-and-coming comedians at the Liquid Lounge.