Robin Williams in Ontario?


Driving past Ontario’s Granada Theater on Friday, I got a shock: The marquee reads “Robin Williams,” with the theater promoter’s phone number.

Surely not THE Robin Williams? But it is. Or at least could be.

Williams is mounting a tour of small comedy clubs. Granada operator Dave Perez read that Williams played at a theater named the Granada in New York. “My wife said, wouldn’t it great if he played here?” Perez said. She phoned Williams’ publicist and he expressed interest.

“Our confirmation meeting is next Wednesday,” Perez said. “They said it’s OK to put his name up there [on the marquee] — just don’t put up a date.”

Caution will tell you that Robin Williams playing the low-budget Granada — a former movie theater now used for church services, punk concerts and open-mic nights — is unlikely. But who knows? And as Perez said, such a show “would put us on the map.”

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  • Annie

    At Ontario’s Granada?? Highly Doubtfire.

  • Don J

    On the contrary, Annie, he was a neighbor of my professor in the dorm back at Claremont Men’s College in the early 1970s. He’s practically a local.

    [True, he did attend Claremont Men’s College for a semester. — DA]