The Merchant of Venom

Don Rickles is dead at 90. Little by little dies an era.

8 Comments

  1. Whitewall says

    Rickles was indeed a funny man. His style of comedy, however, took a lot longer to catch on in my part of the country. That flagrant insulting, especially of people present, flew in the face of many of our social norms way back when.

    Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
  2. Robert,

    I never really enjoyed his sense of humor, though there is no denying that many people did. To me, there seemed to be an overabundance of sleaziness to it.

    Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:23 pm | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    Henry, I know what you mean. My parents detested him as did my aunts and uncles. I guess Don was best among his celebrity peers.

    Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Permalink
  4. Epicaric says

    I was a young boy when Rickles was in his prime. His humor was purposely irreverent and no doubt a product of the Roast. It was a thick-skinned era, and Rickles’ passing marks the death of that era in more ways than one. I would trade our modern insipience for Rickles’ irreverence in a heartbeat.

    Posted April 7, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    Epicaric,

    It was a thick-skinned era, and Rickles’ passing marks the death of that era in more ways than one. I would trade our modern insipience for Rickles’ irreverence in a heartbeat.

    Agreed. It was before we became what C.S. Lewis called “men without chests”.

    Posted April 7, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink
  6. The choice is hardly restricted to irreverence and insipience.

    Posted April 7, 2017 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  7. epicaric says

    I’d take the whiskey and cigarettes over opioids and unemployment as well. But there’s no stopping Progress.

    Posted April 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  8. I’ll select from a range of available choices. You can have your self-imposed binary constraints. It’s a free country.

    Posted April 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

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