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Thread: Don Rickles, Legendary Comic With a Gift for the Insult, Dies at 90

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    Don Rickles, Legendary Comic With a Gift for the Insult, Dies at 90

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    "Don Rickles, the rapid-fire insult machine who for six decades earned quite a living making fun of people of all creeds and colors and everyone from poor slobs to Frank Sinatra, has died. He was 90.The legendary comic died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles of kidney failure, publicist Paul Shefrin announced."
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    he was funny and a super-hero
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    Very funny man.
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    Is it bad to say that I didn't know he was still around?

    He was a really funny guy and a class act. (yes that probably makes me old) I find him much funnier than many of today's younger comedians.
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    I have always been fond of "Mr. Warmth" and I thought he did a great job acting in movies like "Kelly's Heroes" and in "Casino" with Robert Deniro. My high school graduation year, four of my buddies and I bought tickets and drove 6 hours to see a Rickles show in Chicago. Very funny, mostly tearing up audience innocents and hecklers alike. Years later, I watched Rickles on TV with the very same stooges in the audience, repeating the same heckles and exact same responses as the Chicago show. The repetition was disappointing, but I guess that is how it is done in show biz.
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    After seeing some older specials and events, I can see why Mr. Rickles was so funny and well liked.


    1. First he was damn funny. He was one of the last of the post WW-2 stand- up comics who could fill room just by showing up. There were hundreds of these guys, who were big in the 1950s, 1960s an into the 1970s. They are almost all gone now.
    2. You know, he, most often, did not attack or insult the person, but, celebrity or not, he insulted the “stereotype” or the “image” not reality of the person. That is, if he insulted an Italian, he made great fun of the Italian stereotypes. Same for African Americans, he went after and teased a stereotype, not the person. For celebrities such as Sinatra, we went after his bigger than life image, not the man.
    3. AND THE BIG THING: He knew when to stop. In all of his interviews he showed that he was VERY conscious of the person’s reaction. He continued when the person laughed and stopped when they stopped. He was super aware of this. He didn’t want to hurt anyone, he just wanted them to laugh. And he succeeded.
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    He and many of his "age" were class acts.

    Many of today's comics are more about bad language and sex. There's a time and place for them, but most truly don't know when to stop or dial it back. Mr. Rickles and others like him, were simply funny.
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