Robin Williams in Reddit AMA: Canada is ‘the kindest country in the world’

Robin Williams gave a lot of crazy answers during his Reddit AMA yesterday, but he seemed to find his sanity when it came to Canada.

The 62-year-old "The Crazy Ones" star felt like an "Amish tech rep" on Wednesday when he took to the computer to field some fans' questions ahead of the premiere of his new series on CBS. But Canadians thought he did just fine.

In response to a Canuck who asked for a hug from Williams, he accepted and then basically gave them a virtual embrace. "You are the kindest country in the world," he said. "You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab."

Otherwise, the Oscar winner went off the rails, largely sharing with his fans tales from the Hollywood battlefield. After revealing that Jack Nicholson was his favourite celebrity to impersonate, for instance, Williams shared a very bizarre anecdote about the 76-year-old actor.

"He once was with me at a benefit and leaned over and said 'Even oysters have enemies,' in a very intense voice," he said. "I responded with 'Increase your dosage.'"

Williams also talked about Robert De Niro, his co-star in the big screen adaptation of Oliver Sacks' "Awakenings," in which De Niro played a patient with catatonia. De Niro was allegedly "such a method actor, that Oliver Sachs wanted to hook him up to an EEG to see if he actually duplicated the brainwaves of the actual patients. No joke."

In a touching aside, the comedian recalled actor and good friend Christopher Reeve keeping Williams from starving when they were both attending Julliard. Reeve was "literally feeding me because I don't think I literally had money for food or my student loan hadn't come in yet, and he would share his food with me," the actor said.

But perhaps the best anecdote was about "Mrs. Doubtfire," Williams's 1993 comedy in which he dressed up as an old woman in order to babysit his kids after his divorce. Apparently the actor got a kick out of tricking people in costume off set.

"One time in makeup as Mrs. Doubtfire, I walked into a sex shop in San Francisco and tried to buy a double-headed di---. Just because. Why not?" he said. "And the guy was about to sell it to me until he realized it was me - Robin Williams - not an older Scottish woman coming in to look for a very large di--- and a jar of lube. He just laughed and said 'What are you doing here' and I left."

"Did I make the purchase? No. *Did I walk away with a really good story? *Yes."

Read the rest of Robin Williams' Reddit AMA here.

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