Don Rickles made his living insulting people. Now, I know that doesn’t sound like someone you’d want to hang out with, but somehow he managed to turn insults into an art. Rickles is the founder, the original, the master of the sarcastic slam. Celebrity roasts would be picnics if it wasn’t for Rickles’ trademark shark’s grin, eye rolls and snappy comebacks.
In the 70’s, everyone who was anyone agreed to guest on his TV specials because taking it on the chin from Don Rickles was a badge of honor. Now, Time Life has pulled together four specials and Rickles’ TV series CPO Sharkey into one, hysterically funny box set.
Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles The Ultimate TV Collection contains nearly 20 hours of the man doing what he does best.
On the specials you’ll see John Wayne, Johnny Carson, Michael Caine, Bob Newhart, Dean Martin, Robert Goulet and more.
You also get these exclusive bonus features:
- Never-before-seen outtakes and unedited scenes
- New introductions from Don
- The Tonight Show clip with Johnny Carson’s surprise visit to the CPO Sharkey set
- Don receives the TV Land Awards Legend Award presented by Jimmy Kimmel
And you get the entire run of CPO Sharkey. If you’re not familiar with that series, I have a full review over here.
Don Rickles’ humor isn’t for everybody. His specials were filmed during an era where there was more leeway for ethnic humor, so please keep that in mind.
Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles The Ultimate TV Collection is available at Amazon for $49.99. That’s an amazing deal for a full series set and 4 specials. And hey, it’s the perfect gift for the baby boomer in your life.