Amy Poehler Cracks Up Don Rickles | Dinner with Don

We are rolling. [Laughing] That’s when I use my voice, when it’s some money involved. [Laughing] So we met, uh, I feel like the first time we met was at a party at Jimmy Kimmel’s house. And he’d assembled a bunch of people and I sat with you and and your lovely wife, and had a really nice conversation. Yeah. And, uh, it seems like I made a real impression on you. [Laughing] How are you? Oh, good. There she is. Then I got the privilege of getting to go to, uh, the Apollo that night. Don is the real deal. He had his own variety show and his own sitcom. He called both of them “The Don Rickles Show.” That’s the kind of creative genius we’re dealing with here. [Laughing] I just showed up and, you know, gave it a wave and made Robert De Niro feel important. When was the first time you met Robert De Niro? At a whispering contest. [Laughing] I gotta tell this waiter to shut the [bleep] up. OK.
[Laughing] OK, guys, just keep it down. Sorry. We needed pepper. Sorry. The pepper’s important for the background. OK, so I started at a place called Second City in Chicago.>>It was a lot of improv there.
>>Yeah. Getting to know you and research you a little bit I know that you never wrote down your act, right? A lot of people can’t believe that.>>But it’s true.
>>Yeah, I can’t believe it. Everything I’ve done on the stage has never been written. But it worked for me. Many, many years ago he gave me a break on a television show with hair, with his — not you, not you. [Laughing] I’ll let you know when, but it’s good that you practice standing. [Laughing] Later on we’re gonna have you walking and talking and mixing with people. You’re gonna have such a good time. [Laughing] You know, nowadays, um, stand-ups, you know, they put on headphones. They listen to their act. They walk around and say their act out loud. When you were getting ready to do your act, what was your prefight warm-up? I always belted a couple of vodkas in those days. And then I met my wife and realized that, uh, we were going no place together. [Laughing] How long have you guys been married? Sixty years? Fifty-one. Not 60, huh? Well… Call me when it’s 60. All right. Sixty.>>I have two boys,>>Oh, do you?
>>6 and 8. They’re fun. They’re wild right now.>>That’s great.
>>Yeah. It’s funny to watch them form jokes, you know? Like, to start to figure out what they think is funny.>>Yeah.
>>And you have grandsons, right? The oldest is 17. He, he’s very creative. And his brother is a wonderful boy but he does a lot of… takes quick naps. [Laughing] Just throw this in the garbage, please. I’m on a diet. OK.>>I’m just kidding.
>>Are you sure? Just kidding. If you do one more funny remark, I’m leaving. [Laughing] [♫♪ Music ♪♫] Was your mom a good cook? She was never one for the kitchen. Do you know where your kitchen is in your house? I don’t have to. I tip somebody and they, and they find it. [Laughing] You’ve probably traveled all over the world, right? Did you ever go to Italy or some place and find a tiny restaurant that Frank told you about or something? Frank who? Didn’t he die? [Laughing] It’s a little humor, a little humor, Frank. [♪♫ Music ♫♪] My grandfather was in the service. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. What prompted you to go into the service? Failing in school. Yeah. How old were you when you went in? Eighteen. Wow. Did you use to make people laugh in the Navy? Oh, God, I was the class clown.>>Yeah.
>>You know, yeah. I was in the Philippines for 2½ years. Did you ever hear the story, I’m sure you did, about… it just made me think of it when you were talking about being in the, in the service. Betty White tells the story of how… hold on, let me get this right. There’s a lot of old people in this story so I think you’ll be interested. Carl Reiner saved the life of Betty White’s husband or Betty White’s husband, Allen, saved the life of Carl. One of them, Carl Reiner was funny in the military and they kinda put him in another squad and then his, the squad he was in went on to all die soon after. But he was…
[Laughing] It’s a great, it’s a funny, uplifting story. Yeah. A bunch of people die, but either Carl Reiner or Betty White’s husband doesn’t. Why don’t we just talk about burials? Yeah.
[Laughing] Is it, it, do you get tired of saying “God rest his soul” because, no. OK. I guess you don’t say that. You just say “Dig deeper.” [Laughing] [♫♪ Music ♪♫] What’s all this busy work? New straws? Why? They wanna act like the place is doing good. They charge you per straw. The early part of your career was working at, you know, small clubs.>>Joints.
>>Yeah, joints. What was that early part of your career like? It was tough because in those days they didn’t know me from diddly-squat. I came on with something entirely different, you know.>>Yeah.
>>I did once something that nobody’s ever done before. I went out to the casino and I said, “OK, I’ve had it.” “I want this stopped.” “I want it stopped now.” “It’s too damn noisy.” “I’m trying to do some humor and you people are ruining it.” “And I’m not gonna tolerate it.” All the gamblers were like this. [Laughing] And they probably all went into your show the next night, right? You don’t understand. You try to do a good job and you can’t. I’m a friend. You’re fat. And I’ll tell you this. What’s your name? James. Get up, James. Get up. Now get your ass outta here. I don’t want you in here. I didn’t want you in here. [Laughing] I want to be with you so bad, lady. I swear to God. Is this the wife? Jesus Christ. [Laughing] Well, it feels like you kept your shows alive.>>Yeah.
>>Like they were organic. The audience can feel that, too. They don’t like, they don’t like if they feel like you’re just phoning it in. They wanna feel like it’s their special night, you know? When I started out I did impressions. Can you still do any of those impressions? Is there some extra money involved?
[Laughing] “Run Silent, Run Deep.” Burt Lancaster, he was like, “Don, you gotta know about the submarine.” [Laughing]
“Gotta understand it.” Gable was like, “There he is coming up with that crap again.” “Let’s have lunch and forget about it.” Uh, my kind of actor. I did Gable all the time. Clark is…
[Laughing] Good guy, Clark. Did people take themselves less seriously in the ’50s, ’60s than they do now? It’s so changed, you know. The kids come on with, you know, “Up Your Kazoo” and… I gotta say, I’m a producer of “Up Your Kazoo” and it’s a big hit. [Laughing] So please, before you go any further. Do you care about young comedians? Do you watch anybody? Do you ever go and… No, I watch myself ’cause you can’t top greatness. [Laughing] I’ll tell you this. Is this too fast, Ronnie? [Laughing] Anyway, uh… He’s sitting there looking at the program going “Where does it say he makes fun of me?” “Where does it say that?” It’s fascinating to watch your work because you just, you know how to tease and it feels like a loving tease even though it’s, it’s very hard to do. I never walked off the stage feeling I’ve offended anybody, you know. Yeah. How long you married? You’re a good-lookin’ guy. How long you married? Twelve years. To this woman? Why? I’ll tell you, no, she’s – Third marriage? It was just a tone thing. You either, you either know how to do it or you don’t. That’s right. And you did it so wonderfully. Oh, thank you. The closest version of that I have ever had is when, when we hosted the Golden Globes. Good evening, I’m Tina Fey. And I’m Amy Poehler. Those of you at home, I wish you could feel the excitement in this room. You can smell the pills from here. [Laughing] In today’s society, teasing is very difficult to get away with or do because people are very sensitive about it. Oh, yeah. Are you Craig? I am. Hi, nice to meet you. Why did you butt in like that? [Laughing]>>Good to see you.
>>Thank you so much. Uh, I need another straw, please, when you get a chance. [Laughing] I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be sincere here for a second. I remember very vividly when I first met you. And you and your wife were so lovely to me. And I’m really honored to get to talk to you, Don. Well, that’s very sweet. Yeah, when your name came up, I said, “I don’t want her.” [Laughing] And they said, “Be nice, she, she needs it.” “She needs it.” Thanks for having me to your beautiful home. [Laughing] Yeah. It’s not bad is it? Ceiling needs some work. [Laughing] I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t know who Don Rickles was. You know, my parents and my grandparents loved him. And for me it’s just associated with a lot of laughter in my house. Tuxedo, drink in hand, everybody laughing so hard at themselves, and loving his hard teasing made me realize that there was something about him as a person that everybody really loved. What it do? It’s your boy, big Snoop Dogg. And I need y’all to go subscribe right now to the AARP Channel. You know what I’m talkin’ about? So you can see Don Rickles and see his right-hand man, no, his left-hand man, Snoop Dogg, live and direct. Go subscribe right now. What you waitin’ on? What did he say? [Laughing]

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  1. Undoubtedly the greatest ball buster of all time. You can tell he recognises that Amy is a Boston sparkplug and is worthy of his company

  2. Interesting… What Amy said at 1:10 is commensurate with what I learned with the Groundlings class I took in LA – part of the best improv includes making the other "factor" (or actor) RIGHT as opposed to being contentious with the person with whom you're doing a bit/scene … something like that. She did that masterfully here. (Interesting how the next thing she speaks about it is improv!)

  3. Holyshit, Don was in the Navy!? I knew i loved his type of humor! Thats all we did in the Navy….talk shit! And tear each other down!

  4. At 3:19 Amy admitted that her grand father FARTED in The Battle Of The Bulge. I don't know why she wanted that to come to light. But, to each his own.

  5. What a funny man! I love seeing his hilarious interviews. How he has such good chemistry with Tina Fey. Oh… and Don's not bad either.

  6. She's not worthy to interview a legend like him. Hes the real deal and shes a wannabe comic that dont understand the art of the joke. Dons an OG who paid his dues the old way and made his way thru hard work.

  7. Always loved Don…………the people who made me laugh the most at life were the Irish and the Jews………….

  8. Don didn't like hanging around new comedians. John Stamos brought around Bob Saget and he asked John to stop bringing comedians around but after a few dinners he liked Bob Saget. Jimmy Kimmel wanted Don but Don didn't go on his show for 4 years, then he went on 17 times, he liked Kimmel. I love Amy but Don wasn't loving the interview, he would have torn her apart if he really liked her.

  9. He never fails to crack me up, his wit was razor sharp. But his humanity is what shines through. There is no doubt that he was a very caring man who knew not to take things too seriously. RIP.

  10. Never have another Don Rickles never he will be missed by millions of people he is a great man I pray that he made it to Heaven okay what an awesome guy Don Rickles made me laugh made me laugh goodbye from Atlanta Georgia rip Don Rickles rip

  11. Look the Hollywood satanic coven leader getting tribute payed with all the so called stars . Translation the end is near and his position on the leader of evil is tops. I say, have a nice afterlife vacation in the lake of fire! Time to pay up Donny. 🔥

  12. We’re so lucky Don did these before he left us… now we get to remember him at his oldest, wrinkly, most decrepit self.

  13. I know he lived a long life, but I really miss this dude 😥 hilarious to the very end…if I could only resurrect one celebrity, it would be him 💗💗💗

  14. This show was created too late, if this had been done 15 years earlier it would have been better having Don with a faster sharper mind, he still had jokes tho…

  15. Hey Don, my 5yo just came up laughing and said "That looks like grandpa with a haircut, looks like an egg head and a monkey."
    Thought you might get a kick outta that.

  16. This is a funny video He's a big star but he's just Daddy like Elvis and Lisa Marie or even Michel Jackon's kids no matter what their just Daddy

  17. 8:51 and that's the difference, too many people these days are too full of their own 'self importance' to laugh at themselves.

  18. I love when Don would rip on Frank for his mob ties right to Franks face on national television lol Rickles had balls of steel talking to Sinatra like that

  19. Rickles was pure gold his entire life. Even as old age made him physically slower in the last few years he was enough of a comic genius to use this as part of his delivery. They are hundreds of clips of him of YouTube – to preserve his legacy for eternity.

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