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Robin Williams

The news of Robin Williams’ death is sending shock waves through Cleveland’s comedy circuit.

One comedian, in town from San Francisco, says he didn’t believe the news at first.

Ali Mafi thought it was a hoax that comes out every couple of years, but when he learned it was true, Mafi went on stage at Pickwick & Frolic with a heavy heart.

“I didn’t want to go on stage tonight, I really didn’t, but these people bought tickets, they came and wanted to have a good time and I remembered that,” said Mafi.

When Ali first met Williams, he could believe what a down to earth-kind of person he was.

“When he introduced himself he goes, ‘Hi I’m Robin Williams,’ as if I didn’t know this legend was in front of me. It made me realize that this was a really humble person who cared about his craft. He was really a nice guy,” recalls Mafi.

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