The news about Robin Williams death sent shockwaves through the local comedy community.

"We are devastated. This guy was literally a pioneer in comedy," comedian Will Watkins said.

Watkins is a comedian at West Palm Beach Improv in City Place.

He grew up watching Williams.

"I grew up on his movies and all of his characters. His energy really influenced me," comedian Jordan Garnett said.

It is Williams energy Improv General Manager Casey Currier says made him so universal.

"He was able to do it clean and didn't have to be raunch to make everyone laugh," Currier said.

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