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    Rickles, Don – “Don Rickles Speaks! ” – [Jewish Music Group]

    Rapid-fire ire from a man who can still burn any celebrity roast. This
    is basically an improv session, with Rickles rarely missing a beat;
    well when someone pulls a rodeo out of thin air, Rickles isn’t able to
    lasso anything too quickly… Sure much of this humor is based on pop
    culture riffing from the day (this panel-prompted session was captured
    in 1969) it may lose some people, but it’s almost like an askew angle
    on history. (And an angle on Agnew history too). My wife on listening to
    this thought Rickles wasn’t being as caustic as she remembers, of course
    that could also be a product of shifting mores. Rickles was uniquely
    scandalous at this time. Still his delivery and his tone can often carry
    the laughter, you just don’t hear people like this any more. Indeed, what
    is wrong with “The Tonight Show” (I assume it is as deplorable as it was
    ten+ years ago) is its *lack* of reckless Rickles-ness. Weak punch-lines
    that arrive two weeks too late; no improv; no risk and most importantly
    insults that are built upon the stupidity of the insultee, as opposed to
    the cleverness of the insulter. It’s as if someone thought it was just
    funny to call another person a hockey puck, without skillfully slapping
    them around first! Play this and congratulate your listeners who laugh
    on being alive, like the Merchant of Venom himself!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 14, 2006 at 1:24 pm
  • Filed as CD,Comedy
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    I have enjoyed playing Rickles on my shows. He is a comic genius. No foul language just foul attitude. To be hockey pucked by Rickles meant you were A list. A good comic combo is Rickles with Bob Newhart. … take a listen to COMEDY the old school way.

  • Comment by sailordave, January 22nd, 2007 4:04 pm

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