You may know him as “Mr. Warmth” or “The Merchant of Venom”, but whatever you call him, we all know that Don Rickles is the king of crushing comedy. Since the late 1940’s, Rickles has been harassing his hecklers, and they can’t get enough. Frank Sinatra enjoyed the jabs so much that he created audiences for this budding star that eventually lead to a headlining spot in Las Vegas. The Village had the honor of hosting Don Rickles in Studio F while he was recording an audio book set to release sometime next year. During the session, we were all reminded, once again, that nobody escapes the biting wit of Mr. Rickles when he called Jared Nugent, his engineer, “Jerry” and said “Good luck to you. I’ve never worked with a guy that’s deaf.” Better luck next time Jerry…I mean, Jared.
Image from wikimedia commons: originally posted to Flickr as “Mr. Warmth” himself, the legendary Don Rickles, performs live on stage at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 01/12/08