Thursday, April 06, 2017
RIP Don Rickles
Don Rickles was a true original. As a comic he was utterly fearless. Talk about non-PC, Rickles was an equal opportunity offender. And no one else was doing the shtick he did, primarily because they weren't as fast or as funny at it as he was. It was quite a trick being insulting and lovable at the same time. The fact that Sinatra didn't have him killed speaks for his ability to walk that fine line.
The other trick is that even though you hated yourself for laughing, he made you feel it was okay to laugh anyway.
Underneath you just knew this was just an act and offstage he was a kind lovely man. Which he was.
Every shock jock and insult comedian can thank Don Rickles.
Those of a certain age remember what a special treat it was those nights when Rickles guested on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson. He'd sit on the couch and just take gratuitous potshots at Johnny and his guests. Made no difference who. I only wish the Pope would have guested during one of his appearances.
He led a long life, performed right up until the end, influenced many, provided laughter for millions, and would say I'm being too sentimental and that I'm a hockey puck.
RIP Don Rickles. I'll miss seeing you in Vegas and at High Holiday Services.