Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Rickles (1975)


From a rarely seen 1975 CBS Special titled Rickles. It features a good example of what Rickles' live act is still like today. He sings, he dances lightly and, of course, he hurls insults. The song "I'm a Nice Guy" is still performed today (listen for the line about everyone in the band being high) at every Rickles gig. As with the most recent Rickles post, this one features many several bizarre celebrity cameos. Otto Preminger delivers his weirdest work since Skidoo (1968) - Preminger singing and doing musical shtick with Rickles on stage? I'm reverting back into that "James Brown, Little Richard, Weird Al Yankovic on Wheel Fortune together" dream state. It seems too much like a dream to be real. Like that dream I keep having about teaching a sheep how to tap dance - except with celebrities.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

With that "Jaws" reference, it's 1975 at least. IMDB confirms the guest line-up, so your clip is from the 1975 TV special "Rickles"

Kliph Nesteroff said...

Thank you sir!

Marv said...

Am I to understand this was on television? Here? On Earth?

I just don't believe it.

Jeff said...

Can anyone tell me how to find a video of The Tonight Show October 13, 1975 w/ Don Rickles as guest host?
Thanks.

jbc4jeff@sbcglobal.net