As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
Most people are fawning over Don Rickles now that he is dead, and the worst are liberals like Tom Hanks calling him a "God", but the fact is I am pleased Don Rickles is dead, because he had a most productive life, raised a good family and never damaged this world, but left if for good.
What Mr. Rickles was perfect at was making fun of people, so they laughed at themselves, and that included the hard days when night clubs all had hecklers who made comedian's lives hell. It takes a unique person to handle an unruly audience, and to shut people up, and then not have them waiting to beat the hell out of you later.
This story about Don Rickles and Frank Sinatra is pure Don Rickles.
While working in a Miami Beach nightclub known as "Murray Franklin's" early in his career, he spotted Frank Sinatra and remarked to him, "I just saw your movie, The Pride and the Passion and I want to tell you, the cannon's acting was great." He added, "Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody!"[ Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was "bullet-head," enjoyed him so much that he encouraged other celebrities to see Rickles' act and be insulted by him. Sinatra's support helped Rickles become a popular headline performer in Las Vegas. During a Dean Martin Roast special, Rickles was among those who took part in a roast of Sinatra.
Don Rickles could insult a dangerous man with a temper in Frank Sinatra and Sinatra loved it, as everyone else did too. That was vintage in his comedy and if anyone else tried it, they would come off as complete asses.
Very few people can do stand up comedy, and that included his friend Bob Newhart. The Norm MacDonalds in the modern world are almost non existant, as Steven Wright is just as rare in his irony. But that is what was unique in this, as in Rodney Dangerfield in his self deprecation, they all had a niche which they excelled at, and Don Rickles was hilarious at the Cyrano Lampoon of everyone.
What is the greatest tribute to Don Rickles is that his last public statement as nothing about lampooning people, but was a tribute to his wife, a woman he loved dearly and he did not marry until he was almost 40.
So how can anyone mourn a man who had a wonderful long life, lived it well, endeared himself to millions by his work, and is a lasting memory of the first time we remember when we experienced Don Rickles.
Don Rickles' Final Tweet Was a Loving Tribute to His Wife Barbara for Their 52nd Anniversary - 3 Weeks Befo…Three weeks prior to his death, Don Rickles shared his final tweet, which he made in loving tribute to his wife, Barbara.MSN News1 hour ago
I would that Hollywood was filled with Don Rickles Democrats and then all of us would be getting work and getting along.