Movies - TV
Robin Williams Found A
Clever Way To Sneak Material Past Mork &
Mindy's Censors
By CHRISTIAN GAINEY
Before he was a television and film actor, Robin Williams was a stand-up comedian. So when he got his big break on the family-friendly shows “Happy Days” and “Mork & Mindy,” the censors were always listening and watching. In 1978, the actor admitted in an interview that he would cleverly attempt to sneak in some naughtier material on “Mork & Mindy.”
Regarding his attempt to trick the sensors Williams said, "eventually they had to have a censor who spoke three or four different languages because I was sneaking things in different languages. [..] Sometimes Mork would speak Yiddish. [...] But the idea that, you know, we would try different things, and it was just kind of to see what could get under the radar."
Unfortunately, most of what he tried to sneak in were surely caught by the censors. There are many things to respect about Robin Williams, and we can add this to the list: he was undeniably hilarious, uniquely creative, and capable of making dirty jokes in enough languages to require the employment of a multi-lingual censor.