We’re not rolling here, are we? Always rolling. So we… Well give, give us a hint. [Laughing] And action. [♫♪ Music ♪♫] It’s so funny that we’re here at Craig’s because the first time I went to Dan Tana’s, who was eating there? Don Rickles. And my heart was pounding but I didn’t want to bother you. And you walked by and I accidentally, I turned and all my silverware dropped to the floor. Then you said something very quick and mean and amazing and my life was made. And then Craig opened up Craig’s and now here we are. Seen you here a couple of times since. Yeah, there’s not, not too many places around that have that homey atmosphere. Yeah. Totally worth the overpriced spaghetti. [♫♪ Music ♪♫] And you’ve been traveling now doing stand-up? Yeah, I’m going out, um, most of January and February, which I never look forward to but I always enjoy. Why don’t you look forward to it? I go alone. Sometimes I have an opening act, you know, that’s a friend and that’s nice, but we’re not always coming from the same place. Yeah. You probably travel in style. You’re out with Regis. You do gigs with your best friends. All right. Here’s my question. Bob Newhart or Regis Philbin? You have to pick one. Only one can live. [Laughing] She’s a million laughs, this broad. [Laughing] Don’s career continues to skyrocket. [Laughing] It will be announced in a few days in the trades, in the papers, that Don has been chosen as the national spokesman for Preparation H. [Laughing] I think you were on the “Tonight” show, maybe, showing vacation pictures of Bob Newhart and his wife and you and Barbara. I love your impression of her. [Laughing] It’s really good. I’m married 27 years. I got a Jewish wife, just lays in bed and goes, “Is that about it?” [Laughing]
OFF! With Barbara, you never know if the tongue is good or bad. Like, she’ll go… We had a place in Malibu. [Don laughing] Then we moved to Manhattan Beach. [Don laughing] And I’m not sure if she, it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I love it. Well, if, if she sees that on camera and we go home, I have a gun. [Laughing] When I think about getting older, when I think about the future, I never think about a partner or a boyfriend, a husband necessarily. I just think about I want to have enough money to retire in a community with other comedians. Can you, Frank, can you see we’re talking here? I’m sorry. It’s a callback to an old, that’s a callback to an old Rickles classic, which brings me to… Listen, can I tell a story about what this man did to me once? Long before Don got married, I was eating dinner at a restaurant in New York. Then he came over to the table and he said, “Frank, do me a favor, will you?” He said, “I’m sitting with a very pretty girl and I’m trying to make out, you know.” And he said, “I told her I know you, and she really doesn’t believe me.” “Would you stop by the table?” I said, “All right.” I was just about finished. I was down to the espresso. And I walked, finally he went back and I walked by the table, and I said, “How are you, Don? Nice to see you.” He said, “Can’t you see I’m eating, Frank?” [Laughing] He was special in my life. He really was. I know he really was. But in all honesty, like, are you sure he didn’t have JFK killed? [Don laughing] [♫♪ Music ♪♫] Who were your idols growing up? I mean, there’s nobody like you so it’s not like you were able to emulate anyone per se, you know. Well, when I was a kid growing up, Milton Berle was my, he knocked me out. I thought he was terrific. Then as I got older, I realized I was bigger than him. [Laughing] I’d like to say that also he’s here tonight, Mr. Television. One of the great stars, Milton Berle, who’s been my idol. But I was in a state institution for many, many years. [Laughing] When you started stand-up, comics weren’t really doing crowd work, were they? Or… No. Everything I’ve ever done, I’ve never had a writer, I made it up myself. And so I developed this style of kidding with people but not being mean. There has to be some goodness, kindness and earnestness, a menschiness that transcends, that makes you get away with anything. Yeah, well, they gotta be a fool if they think I, I was trying to be mean. [Laughing] We laugh. Why do we laugh? Black or white? Because we must laugh. That’s right. Look who, look who became the priest. [Laughing] Hi, doll. Thank you, Ashley. Incredible. We’re both wildly enjoying our food. [♫♪ Music ♪♫] My daddy loves you, but not as much as I do. My God, that’s very sweet. He’s a heckler. He sits at Starbucks and he, he lives in Boca and a guy will drive in in a Bentley and he’ll go, “That’s good you have a Bentley.” “That could probably feed 80,000 people in India, but good for you.” “You need a Bentley.” [Don laughing] He got punched in the face. But that’s what you get. You ever get in a fistfight? You ever get punched in the face? No, I have people that do that for me. [Laughing] [♪♫ Music ♫♪] All set here, my friends. If you need something else, just let me know. Great. Maybe this is a good time for me to go to the bathroom. No, don’t worry about it. Can I kiss your cheek? Sure you can. Thank you, sweetheart. Please give my love to Barbara. I will, sweetheart.>>All right.
>>Thank you. And we’ll be right back. That’s a wrap, Charlie. [Laughing] Now I can really eat this. I’m starving. [♫♪ Music ♪♫] I’ve been a fan of Don Rickles since I can remember. I loved how mean he was. I loved how quick he was. You know, whenever he was on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson was a special night. Comedy is not evergreen, for the most part. Things that aren’t offensive become wildly offensive. Things that were once very offensive are not offensive. A lot of stuff he did, racial stuff and everything, it’s miraculously stayed fairly evergreen even in the times we go through now because of what transcends. This is not a racist saying racist things. It’s a lovable Jew talking about every kind of person, including himself, and, uh, meaning none of it. There’s something timeless about him. You know, I was very excited to get to talk to him today. [♫♪ Music ♪♫] 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 talking 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]