ROBIN WILLIAMS, KINGSBURY HALL, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., $80-$150

It's easy to look at this appearance by the manic Robin Williams that's being billed as "an evening of sit-down" and be disappointed that it's not an evening of stand-up comedy. After all, Williams is one of the legends of the form, rising through the comedy club circuit of the '70s to become a TV star (via his own sitcom, Mork & Mindy, and regular appearances on Johnny Carson) and eventually an Oscar-winning actor starring in films like Good Will HuntingThe Fisher King and Good Morning Vietnam (we'll go ahead and try to forget about Toys and some of the family-friendly fare he's worked on).

Here's why this night at Kingsbury Hall is still a good bet. Williams has always been a great talk-show guest, and he'll be joined by long-time friend and fellow comic legend David Steinberg, who will act as interviewer to Williams, and who undoubtedly knows more about Williams trials and tribulations through Hollywood than anyone. It's most likely a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Williams up close and in person, and I'm betting you'll laugh as much Wednesday as you would have at one of his stand-up shows.