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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

During his career, the late Robin Williams performed in Tucson at Laff's Comedy Caffe.

Though the business isn't open on Mondays, one local comedian commented that Williams will continue to inspire people in Southern Arizona.

Tom Potter, who admits to catching the acting and comedy bug later in life, said that Williams could create and improvise a scene like no other. Even if the younger generation may not be familiar with Williams' earlier work in standup or improv, Potter expects they will now that he's gone.

“The top 10 trends online right now are his clips,” said Potter.

Though he doesn't perform as much as he used to, Potter said the comedy scene in Tucson is strong. He estimates 25-30 people tell jokes at open mic nights at places like Laff's.

“We're so fortunate in this town to have our own comedy club that's been here forever,” he said. “Hopefully more people will say ‘comedy' and get out and see it.”

That's not Potter's only hope. Reflecting on the life of Williams, this local performer said there should be more open discussion about mental illness in our society.

“You can be funny on stage and funny in the movies and funny with people, but when you're at home, you're with your mind,” said Potter. “Everybody asks ‘How could this happen?'. Mental illness is how it could happen.”

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