From The Guardian:
Even when discussing his brash comedic style, Don Rickles couldn’t help himself. “Every night when I go out on stage, there’s always one nagging fear in the back of my mind,” he once explained. “I’m always afraid that somewhere out there, there is one person in the audience that I’m not going to offend.”
Fortunately for the man universally and ironically known as “Mr Warmth”, Rickles offended plenty of audience members throughout a landmark and unmatched career in American comedy, endearing him to generations of fans. The legendary comic’s death at 90 marks the arguable end of an era dominated by old-school comedians with a passion for both the silly and the crass, with Rickles one of the last surviving – and performing – marquee names of 60s and 70s Rat Pack-era show business.
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