'Last Comic Standing' Finalist Lachlan Patterson On Robin Williams Inspiring His Comedy


The comedian, who may win NBC's 'Last Comic Standing', reveals how the late star inspired him to start a career in stand-up.

This season of Last Comic Standing has come down to three final contestants, all vying for $250,000, as well a development deal with NBC. Like the rest of Hollywood, these comics are feeling the loss of Robin Williams since news broke that he passed away on Monday.

Among the finalists is Toronto native Lachlan Patterson who sat down with ET Canada at his home in Santa Monica, California, and talked about what it would mean to win the competitive reality show. "If they decide that I win? Great! I get all this money. But I think that I'm going to have all the opportunities the winner is going to have, regardless," he told ET Canada. "I just know that, no matter what happens from now on, what I wanted when I started this show is now happening."

VIDEO: Broadway's Aladdin Honors Robin Williams in Sing-Along

The 34-year-old comic also shared a memory of the man who inspired him to try stand-up comedy in the first place.

"One of my biggest influences for getting into comedy was Robin Williams." Patterson said. "He was the first comedian I really saw live… I'd sit there and watch. I had never done comedy before, but I would watch. I thought it was just amazing how brave he was."

NEWS: Steve Martin, Mara Wilson, Steve Carell and More React To Robin Williams' Passing

"He just had no fear," Patterson added. "I think to get into comedy, you have to have no fear. At this point I do have fears, but to make that first leap you have got to be fearless. He taught me what that meant. What that looked like."

Check out the video for more from ET Canada's interview with Patterson. Last Comic Standing's two-hour season finale airs Thursday, August 14 at 9/8c on NBC.