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The entertainment world lost another legend today, with 90-year-old comedian Don Rickles passing away due to kidney failure at his L.A. home, according to his publicist.
While some people try their damnedest to make us laugh, there are some people who just have that natural sense of humor—and Rickles was one of them—as he used insult comedy to both roast topics and subjects, without crossing the line and making things uncomfortable.
Enjoying a decades-long career that began, like so many others do, as a hustling comedian who performed in night clubs and anywhere he could have an audience, Rickles eventually made it big time by becoming a regular on TV shows like “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “Late Show with David Letterman”.
Hell, the guy was such a comedic genius that he was even an honorary member of the "Rat Pack," joining the likes of famous performers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., among others.
Don Rickles did enjoy a slew of cameos in a number of films—like voicing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films—but it was his stand-up and joke deliverance that was his bread and butter, with his two key signature phrases of "dummy" and "hockey puck" often heard throughout his bit.
We remember Rickles for his wit and zingers, helping him become "Mr. Warmth" to those in the entertainment biz. Here's how some of his fellow actors and comedians have paid tribute to him on Twitter.
Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest! Spank you, Mr Rickles. ;^)— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles was simply the best. He created insult comedy &yet every 1 of his targets felt loved and honored. One of a kind.#RIPdonrickles— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 6, 2017
In lieu of flowers, Don Rickles' family has requested that people drop their pants and fire a rocket. #RIPDonRickles— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 6, 2017
He never was Politically Correct and he never apologized for it. R.I.P. Don Rickles @DonRickles— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) April 6, 2017
Here's to you, Mr. Rickles! Now enjoy some of his classic humor with some of his best moments throughout his career.
As Don Rickles once said, "Whether it's 10 people or 300 people, an audience is still an audience. If people keep showing up to see you, then it's still a high." And we were all a laughing audience every time he performed.