Watching Rickles gave me the tickles. His acidity doesn't burn. It just flows into your blood stream and alerts your funny bones.
"I couldn't sell air conditioners on a 98-degree day. When I demonstrated them in a showroom, I pushed the wrong button and blew the circuit."
I used to wait for him, Bob Hope and Jonathan Winters when they had their moments on black and white television in Singapore. The family only had them when television came to Singapore in the early 60's.
These moments were their Specials, which were shown once in a way when they had one hour segments all to themselves, with their guest stars and shown on national TV, beaming in living rooms on our little island.
If we were lucky we get Christmas or New Year Specials with these super comics appearing. It wasn't till these imported shows came before we were able to enjoy them.
So good-bye Mr Rickles. With these three other people, you will surely create much rib-tickling guffaws in the sky. What with Johnny Carson hosting and Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior, Frank Sinatra at the side-line, we won't be enjoying the fun from earth.
But I'll be looking out for more of the toasts on You Tube from Mr Rickles and the other greats. Singapore TV comics could learn much from these kings of comedians and learn the tricks of the trade.
"Compared to what some of the young comics use for material today, I'm a priest."
May you Rest In Peace, Don Rickles.
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