The Big Interview with Don Rickles, Tuesday February 17th


The original insult comic, himself, Don Rickles, is coming to THE BIG INTERVIEW, as Dan Rather sits down with the infamous Emmy-winning funnyman, actor, and author in an all-new episode on Tuesday, February 17, at 8pE.

The son of Lithuanian immigrants, Don Rickles began his entertainment career at the age of 22, two years after being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946. Unable to find consistent work as an actor, Rickles turned to stand-up comedy, performing in clubs throughout New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles. It was here that his legacy as an insult comic truly began to shape, as the rising talent quickly became famous for the way he responded to hecklers in the audience. Realizing that his insults were getting bigger laughs out of the audience than his prepared material did, Rickles decided to make these insult bits an even bigger part of his set. While working in Miami, Rickles met iconic crooner Frank Sinatra, forging a friendship that would last a lifetime. The singer, who affectionately referred to Rickles as “Bullet Head,” was one of the comic’s greatest supporters, and played a major role in helping Rickles become one of Las Vegas’ biggest headliners.

Rickles made his film debut starring alongside Hollywood heavy-hitters Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster in the 1958 war drama, Run Silent, Run Deep, kicking off an impressive filmography that includes major roles in Kelly’s Heroes, Casino, and a recurring role as Mr. Potato Head in all three of the critically acclaimed Toy Story films. Rickles has also appeared in a number of classic television shows including The Munsters, The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, and Hot in Cleveland, as well as countless guest spots on late-night staples such as The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2007, Rickles won an Emmy® for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program” for his role in John Landis’ Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, beating out modern comedy titans David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert, in the process. With his biting wit as sharp as ever, and unparalleled stories to share, Rickles is truly one of the most fascinating men in entertainment today, and this episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW is not to be missed.

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Dan Rather

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