Skip to content

Free Caregiving Webinar: Managing Your Loved One’s Finances - Tuesday at 7p.m. ET  Register Now

     

Billy Crystal
 

Billy Crystal Talks Rat Pack With Don Rickles

Everyone else came with scripts. Don Rickles came only with attitude.

Don Rickles was the master of the roast. Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Ronald Reagan. Bob Hope. The names of those he tormented are the names of American history. He made fun of their ethnicity, their intellect, their origins and their shapes. Nothing was sacred. And except for a few regular jokes, he improvised it all.



Another great in American comedy history, Robin Williams, followed firmly in Rickles’ footsteps. The Don of the Roast and the legendary Billy Crystal both remember Williams over dinner in L.A. Williams avoided the insult comedy that was Rickles’ staple, but he took improv to a whole new level. It was evident in both his films (movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Good Morning, Vietnam) and in his stand-up routine.

The last time these three legends of comedy were on the stage together, Crystal won a $1,000 bet with Williams after wagering that Don would slap one of them silly on stage. Rickles didn’t disappoint.

Rickles was on stage until the very end. Before he passed in April, he tells Crystal he was doing as many as 20 shows a year and still had dates in his calendar. He and Regis Philbin toured together. “It was a mercy thing,” Rickles quips.

Even at the very end, Don Rickles never lost that attitude.


Watch 'Dinner with Don' 

Jimmy Kimmel


Episode: Jimmy Kimmel

Snoop Dogg


Episode: 
Snoop Dogg

Amy Poehler


Episode: 
Amy Poehler

Zach Galifianakis


Episode:
 Zach Galifianakis

Paul Rudd


Episode: 
Paul Rudd

Sarah Silverman


Episode: 
Sarah Silverman

Billy Crystal

Episode: Billy Crystal

Rich Eisen

Episode: Rich Eisen

Vince Vaughn

Episode: Vince Vaughn

Marisa Tomei

Episode: Marisa Tomei

Jonathan Silverman

Episode: Jonathan Silverman

Judd Apatow

Episode: Judd Apatow

The series was produced by AARP Studios, Winbrook Entertainment and Stamper Lumber Company.

Join the Discussion

0 | Add Yours

Please leave your comment below.

You must be logged in to leave a comment.