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Old 04-12-2017, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Oh please, insulting someone else for laughs has been going on in one form or another for literally hundreds of years.


Years ago it was things like "your mother wears combat boots", or whatever.


What career comics like Mr. Don Rickles did was elevate it to entertainment and a way to make a living.


You only have to watch vintage cartoons or films from recently as the 1930's or 1940's to see "insulting" humor. Much of the gags from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn et al were all insulting jokes. Much of them went over children's heads then and now which was as it should have been; those cartoons originally ran between "A" and "B" pictures at movies houses along with newsreels. Thus a good amount of content was aimed at adults.


Comedy from Mr. Rickels era was streets better than the filth you get today from so called "comedians" like Chris Rock. That man and others like him cannot go two words without dropping a "F" bomb or some other vulgarity.


Don Rickels was never vulgar and obviously loved and respected given the length of his career and honors awarded by his peers. Many of the latter weren't even born when Mr. Rickels was at his peak, but he never the less helped mentor and otherwise give younger generations their start. Jimmy Kimmel all but broke out into full wailing like a baby on his show talking about DR.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Rickles
If some of our critiques are insulting to Don Rickles and his fans, then I guess maybe insulting people isn't such a good thing after all. It's odd that it's okay to insult, but not to critique.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:24 AM
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Location: "Arlen" Texas
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If some of our critiques are insulting to Don Rickles and his fans, then I guess maybe insulting people isn't such a good thing after all. It's odd that it's okay to insult, but not to critique.
Good point.


Kudos to the truly witty comics who use neither insults nor obscenities and there are many. They may not be as well promoted on television, but fans show up in droves for their tours.
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Old 04-16-2017, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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RIP Don

Mr Warmth is now Mr Cold.
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: PVB
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He was always one of my favorite Comics. His type of humor was great in the day. In our new PC world he would be picketed, advertisers threatened, death threats and the like. He toned things down in later years but he was one of the true originals and extremely talented. We will NEVER see anyone like him again. His routine wasn't scripted just ad libbed. He was naturally funny and didn't need writers. RIP Don.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Nope, ain't no one can replace this guy. He was a legend.
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Old 04-23-2017, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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He was always one of my favorite Comics. His type of humor was great in the day. In our new PC world he would be picketed, advertisers threatened, death threats and the like. He toned things down in later years but he was one of the true originals and extremely talented. We will NEVER see anyone like him again. His routine wasn't scripted just ad libbed. He was naturally funny and didn't need writers. RIP Don.
Not exactly. Go back and watch a dozen Dean Martin Roasts on which he frequently appeared. Same gags over and over, just directed at someone different.
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:16 PM
 
Location: PVB
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He was best in an unscripted situation. Those roasts were pretty cut and dried. Of course any comic will have repetition but his was far less than others IMHO. Not many comics have a 50+ year career and he was still funny at the end. He was on the Tonight Show over 100 times. The man was a comic genius whether you care for his brand of humor or not. I personally loved his comedy as well as Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Robert Klein, Jack Benny, early George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Groucho Marx and early Jay Leno. The current crop leaves me without even a smirk except for Chris Rock.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:57 PM
 
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Don Rickles did an amazing thing. Hollywood is all about star worship and he could cut down his fellow actors and get away with it. He didn't do it to be nasty, he just aimed at the foibles their image presented and gave everybody a laugh while showing they were just human beings like everybody else. That and he did everything, knew everybody. SNL makes jabs at political figures and actors but you can tell there's an undercurrent of hatred and meanness that is not funny but meant to hurt. Its not an undercurrent, its open now.
Who remembers CPO Sharkey? I watched that show. And my favorite episode of " Newhart" was when he guested and played a late night TV host at the station who did nothing but insult and humiliate Dick Lowden who was his equivalent of Ed McMahon.
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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In the mid 1960's Don Rickles did four shows a night in the lounge at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
Many times an entire evening (and much of the next early morning) were spent at the Sahara lounge enjoying Rickles' remarkably fast paced shows. Each of those shows were different, in that each show was based on the participating audience members. The Back-Bar stage situation at the Sahara had the stage above and behind the bar and with seating at the bar. One typical set up was to assign titles/personalities to each patron seated at the bar. For example: the Jewish lady in her mink stole, "The Old Broad with the Kosher Windbreaker. The Drunk: " That's ok pal, just keep eating out of the ashtray"! "The Young Honeymooners" (Several lines attached to them). The Gay guy.

Typical routine : "..and there's the Drunk, eating out of the ashtray! Sir, your fly is unzipped. DID YOU SEE THAT? THE ***** LOOKED!!" Rickles attracted a full-house for every show. At the close of every show, he did a short "Thank You for the audience, which included a line that stated " If we can't make fun of ourselves, who can we make fun of"? He was indeed a One-of-a-Kind performer. As others have correctly observed, there will never be another like him.

Rest In Peace, Don Rickles, you will be missed.
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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The king of insult comedy, and the last of the classic comedians (along with Betty White). RIP
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