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You had to be there!

You had to be there when Don Rickles was discovered by Frank Sinatra and introduced to the world. It was the 60s, of course, and no one had ever seen anything like him. Even today, no one does Rickles better than Rickles. His brand of insult comedy was so fresh and original that we couldn't get enough of it. And what is even more amazing is that he made that stuff up on the spot. Yes, he had a few pat phrases, hockey puck. But all of it was Rickles creating in the moment. He had to. His thing is to insult his audience, especially the high and mighty. And he never knew who was going to show up so he never knew what he was going to say. When his career exploded, he was everywhere on TV making up his act as he was delivering it. And for a guy who labored so many years for overnight success, that took balls of uranium! He released two albums back to back, and they are finally available again. In HS my buddies and I would sit as close as we could get to my stereo and listen to this guy over and over again. He was cool!

One of the best

Don rickles is one of the most recognized comics in the history of comedy. His acts consists of insults to celebritties of yesterday. but at the end of all his acts he always leaves off in good spirt. that is why he is known as "Mr. Warmth".

His act is funny today as it was back in 1969 and to go back on another review, there were many different comedians during that time. To name a few, George carlin, george burns, phyllis diller , jonathan winters. so, to say there was not that many "outlets" is wrong.

"You had to be there" Indeed, because it

I had to write a review when i saw this was rated 5 stars. In this recording, a roomful of apparently 15-30 people are all gathered around asking silly questions like "Mr. Rickles, would you like to share some of your thoughts on" (random B-list celebrity from 60s) And then, the room full of people are already giggling before Don gives some weak answer and calls the random B-list celebrity an idiot. Listen, i'm not saying this wasn't funny back then, maybe it was, but it is not funny now (2011).

I wonder if Rickles even thought it was stupid, having a room full of seconhanders all just bubbly and glowing and excited at any single thing he says, but this recording was so hastily planned and hastily choreographed, all for the purpose of trying to capture a truly funny and entertaining man's off camera persona....but it fails miserably for a listener nowadays.

Remember back then, there weren't many comedians to choose from, not that many available comedic outlets, so they had to really, really enjoy the hell out of just any little glimmer of comedy. We've come a long way since then, this might not be worth going back to be reminded how far.


Genre: Comedy

Don Rickles was the ultimate putdown artist, comedy's unquestioned master of the insult. No one -- regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or cultural standing -- escaped the vicious taunts of "Mr. Warmth"; even audience members, as well as other celebrities, were fair game for his delirious rages of verbal abuse. Born Donald Jay Rickles in New York City on May 8, 1926, he initially set out to become a serious actor, and even attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts; however, his...
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Speaks!, Don Rickles
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Standup Comedy
  • Released: 1969

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