Published December 16, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq – "Goooood morning Bagh-dad!"
With those words — a play on his 1987 movie "Good Morning Vietnam" — Robin Williams (search) took the outdoor stage at Baghdad International Airport on Tuesday and delivered a barrage of raunchy comedy.
Williams was the lead performer in a U.S. military show that also featured actress Shannon Tweed (search), wrestler Kurt Angle (search) and stock car driver Mike Wallace (search). The show kicked off a tour of U.S. bases in Iraq with performances at the main airport in Baghdad.
Perched on a flatbed trailer in a rakishly tilted stocking cap and camouflage jacket, Williams surveyed the crowd of 200 American and Australian soldiers, and told them their garb would be fashionable on the streets of Los Angeles.
"I'm looking at a group of heavily armed people here," Williams joked with the soldiers, most of them wearing helmets and body armor. "I'm telling myself, 'If you're not funny, it's a problem."'