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  • Don Rickles, king of insult comedy, dies at 90

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed "Mr. Warmth" whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grandmaster of insult comedy, died Thursday. He was 90.

    Rickles, who would have been 91 on May 8, suffered kidney failure and died Thursday morning at his home, said Paul Shefrin, his longtime publicist and friend.

    For more than half a century, Rickles headlined casinos and nightclubs from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and livened up late-night talk shows. No one was exempt from Rickles' insults, not fans or presidents or such fellow celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Johnny Carson.

    Even volatile Sinatra let Rickles have his comedic way with him.

    "Hey, Frank, make yourself at home. Hit somebody," Rickles snapped at the singer attending his show. Sinatra laughed.
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6830d...comedy-dies-90

  • #2
    I always remember don saying after a dirty remark ( O that is a dirty crack , speaking about dirty cracks how your old lady, )

    He was the best

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    • #3
      In memoriam.



      I'll miss his humor.

      Credo quia absurdum.


      Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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      • #4
        A personal story about Don Rickles:

        I was in 7th grade and staying at a friend's house on a Friday night. The Dean Martin Roast came on at 10pm and we were watching it with my friend's dad and when they announced who was on the show, the dad said when Don Rickles was announced, that he didn't think he was funny. Rickles came on and launched into his act and my friend's dad completely lost it laughing. He was un-PC before there was such a thing. Insult Comedy lost a true giant.
        Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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        • #5
          He was great in Kelly's Heroes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by johns624 View Post
            He was great in Kelly's Heroes.
            Yes he was.
            Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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            • #7
              I enjoyed his humor immensely, RIP Don.
              Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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              • #8
                And does anyone remember his serious role in Casino along side De Niro? Very well acted by Mr. Rickles.
                Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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                • #9
                  The seventies and eighties were the hallmarks of humor.

                  Dean Martins roasts were hilarious for the the time.
                  Credo quia absurdum.


                  Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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                  • #10
                    A year or two ago I came across a documentary about Rickles on Netflix. He told the story of how he developed his insult shtick. After WWII, he served in the navy, he was attending a drama school in NYC. For extra cash he was working at like a strip/burlesque club in Times Square. He said that the girls would come out and do their routine, and would start to get sweaty under the lights. So after a bit of time the girls would go backstage and dry off with a towel and fix up their makeup, then come back out and continue their routine. His job was to go onstage and entertain the patrons, all men obviously, while the dancers were refreshing themselves. Needless to say the men weren't too interested in seeing Rickles. So the men would start to heckle him. After awhile he started to insult them. He noticed that the insults got more laughs than the jokes he was telling so overtime his act evolved into being just insults.

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                    • #11
                      So, who's front yard is he being buried in? I doubt he'd not want to get in one last joke.

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                      • #12
                        In terms of fame or fortune in his time, it is, IMO, simply a fact that one had not arrived until they had been insulted by Rickles...

                        Bite me, Rickles...

                        And God Bless Yer Soul!

                        Wes
                        On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by R. Evans View Post
                          And does anyone remember his serious role in Casino along side De Niro? Very well acted by Mr. Rickles.
                          Yes my son and I were just discussing that..Very talented man RIP
                          "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."- Sir Winston Churchill, about R.A.F. fighter pilots."
                          "It is well that war is so terrible, else we grow to fond of it." - Robert E. Lee

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                          • #14
                            He was awesome in Kelly's Heroes (which IMO is an underrated film).

                            A great man in his career field.

                            A good family man, served his country in war...what a different generation.

                            The world has become a bit more lackluster with his passing.
                            Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                            • #15
                              'Crap-game'... from Kelly's Heroes


                              SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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