Don Rickles

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Don Rickles, the last great insult comedian, dies at 90

One of the original insult comics has passed.


Audra Schroeder


Comedian Don Rickles passed away on Thursday of kidney failure, according to his publicist.

Rickles, who was ironically nicknamed Mr. Warmth, was a practiced insult comic and roastmaster. After lobbing an insult at Frank Sinatra during a set in 1957, Rickles survived and found his stride. The notoriously hot-tempered Sinatra even became his champion.

Rickles was fond of calling people hockey pucks, and his rapid-fire insults did not discriminate. In a 1978 New Yorker piece, Kenneth Tynan called Rickles “king of icebreakers, whose chosen weapon is the verbal hand grenade.”

More recently, he appeared on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Comedians and entertainers have started posting remembrances.

H/T Hollywood Reporter

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