Among the recent tributes to the late comic genius Robin Williams was a story he used to enjoy telling about the time he preceded Bob Hope on the Johnny Carson show.
For reasons unknown, Hope was late arriving. Instead of Robin Williams following him, Williams went on stage first and did his hilarious knock-em-dead routine. People were beside themselves with laughter.
Bob Hope arrived and had to follow that.
Robin Williams said, “I don’t think he was angry, but he was not pleased.”
As Bob Hope was introduced and settled into the chair to the right of Carson, Johnny said, “Robin Williams. Isn’t he funny?” Hope said, “Yeah. He’s wild. But you know, Johnny, it’s great to be back here with you.”
No one in his right mind would voluntarily follow Robin Williams on the program.
Sometimes preachers find themselves on the agenda in a meeting where multiple speakers are doing their thing. Woe to the one who has to follow the most popular preacher in the land.