June 9, 2012

Non-news of the Day: Don Rickles is still Don Rickles [Darleen Click]

HuffPo clutches pearls and breathlessly shrieks Don Rickles Tells Obama Racial Joke At AFI’s Shirley MacLaine Tribute

Like many comedians of his generation, Rickles’ act has long included racial humor that would be considered unacceptable to today’s audiences. But as race relations evolved, it became rarer and rarer for comedians like Rickles to include such jokes in their act.

Rickles has been doing his “no one is safe from being mocked” schtick for 60 years. Why has he become such an enduring (and endearing) legend? Because he mocks himself and his own minority status with as much enthusiasm as everyone else. Rickles act is one based on demonstrating the absurdity of stereotypes. He is much loved, too, as a decent, loving and, above all, humble man.

But Leftist domination of media has conditioned people to only accept “comedy” that arises from arrogant ridicule of enemies of the ideology. Leftist comedians don’t self-deprecate and their mocking of conservatives is saturated with actual loathing. If Rickles had been making “Sarah Palin is a cunt” jokes accompanied by praising himself as being the Best Person in the House for saying it, the Left would be on its feet applauding him.

Rickles roasting Sammy Davis, Jr.

Rickles at Reagan’s Second Inaugural, no less

Compilation (uneven audio) of Rickles’ appearances on Dean Martin Roasts:

Among everything else, the Left is turning this country into a nation of prisses.

Posted by Darleen @ 11:10am

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Comments (22)

  1. “. . . .turning this country into a nation of prisses. ”

    Mostly they just turn themselves though, right? That is, the rest of us aren’t actually moved by their nonsense, and in that respect don’t suffer their delusions. Instead we suffer the presence of their delusions in our midst, which is, granted, bad enough. But likewise, a matter of long standing which waxes and wanes with the tides.

  2. sdferr

    You’re right, but as long as the Left dominates the national media, then it is their prissyness that holds sway.

    Friends of Abe exists, but still doesn’t exert a lot of real power in entertainment. Yet.

  3. “the mop broke”? That’s considered a racial joke now?

    “prisses” doesn’t capture what’s going on Darleen. What we got here is a nation fast turning into PC Nazis.

    People like this Ross Luippold person need to be punched in the head

  4. Darleen,

    Like I said in the other thread, I saw Rickles in Las Vegas about 25 years or so ago. There was a guy sitting at a front table drinking a beer out of the bottle. Rickles stopped his routine and turned to this guy and said, “You can’t use a glass, ya slob? This is gonna be on HBO!”

    No one is safe from Mr. Warmth.

  5. Leigh

    I had the pleasure to see Rickles in Vegas a few times during the late 70’s early 80’s. You sat near the stage at your own risk!!

    Good times.

  6. – The Left could suck the joy out of a lemon orchard.

  7. Oh heck … I’ve been sampling a bunch of vids of Rickles … especially on Johnny Carson, and I’m laughing so hard but sad at the same time wondering where the hell has all the funny gone?

    (saw Cosby live a couple of years ago and he’s still awesome)

  8. I never got to see Cosby, but my dad had all of his records when I was growing up. Him and Flip Wilson.

  9. As far as where all the funny has gone? Good question. All the guys want to talk about in their routines is masturbating and the girls? Tampon jokes are not funny, thankyouverymuch.

  10. OT: sdferr another no-hitter last night!

  11. – “Socialist mop” – They only pick up other peoples money off the floor.

  12. – Ultimate blonde joke:

    Two blonds are eating lunch….

    blonde #1: “Hey, can I borrow your mirror?

    blonde #2: “….Sure hon.”

    blonde #1 takes mirror: “Hey, I know this woman…”

    blonde #2 takes mirror back and looks: “…..Of course you do silly, that’s me…”

  13. More Clinton wing truth-telling.

  14. That second Rickles clip – 5:00 of hard-assed putdown jokes and 15 seconds of a very sincere and sweet tribute to Ron and Nancy.

  15. Heh. I say all this Clinton stuff is orchestrated. I never thought I’d say it, but I’m starting to like the Big Dawg.

    I was listening to one of my money talk shows last weekend and they were giving away free copies of “The Amatuer” if you called in and left your name and address on their answering machine. I got a confimation letter a couple of days ago that it’s on its way.

  16. I like Don Rickles. He never insulted me. He never heard of me. That’s probably why.


  17. – With the sun going down on ObamAmerica, and the ship of state sinking slowly in the West, I was wondering how long it would take the Clintonesta’s to pounce.

    – Clinton’s “mistakes” with the praise of Romney, supporting the Bush tax cuts, all these sudden “leaks”. Looks like the Hillery revenge ground war has already commenced.

  18. I think it’s more Bill’s Revenge for the shit slung his way in the last campaign. Bill may be a lot of things, but he is not a racist.

    Revenge is a dish best served cold, after all. Eat up, Buh-rock.

  19. Steyn on Our celebrity president:

    So far this year, President Obama has been to three times as many fundraisers as President Bush had attended by this point in the 2004 campaign. This is what the New York Post calls his “torrid pace,” although judging from those remarks in California he’s about as torrid as an overworked gigolo staggering punchily through the last mambo of the evening. According to Brendan J. Doherty’s forthcoming book The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign, Obama has held more fundraisers than the previous five presidents’ reelection campaigns combined.

  20. Help us Obi-Wan Bernanke, you are Progressivism’s last hope.

  21. Without a doubt the most humble President evah.

    During the presidential campaign, most of the evening’s dinner guests, like their liberal counterparts in the media, had dropped any pretense at objectivity….When one of the historians brought up the difficulties that Lyndon Johnson, another wartime president, faced trying to wage a foreign military venture while implementing an ambitious domestic agenda, Mr. Obama grew testy. He implied that he was different, because he could prevail by the force of his personality. He could solve the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, put millions of people back to work, redistribute wealth, withdraw from Iraq, and reconcile the United States to a less dominant role in the world.

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