I mentioned in my art class that I had tickets to see him and a friend said with such venom "I would NEVER pay to see that man ever." Whoa. It's been years since he was regular on tv. the last thing I remember him in are those Dean Martin roasts. He was just a regular performer when I was growing up, who seemed old "way back then". I figure if he's still performing now, at age 82, he really loves to do it and it truly is what he does.
I decided last year to make the effort to see the people who have had a big career and to try to figure out why, what did they do to get that and to keep that? As I get older and keep trying to "make it" I am more and more curious about those who have done just that and in a big way.
Here's a good review of a documentary about Mr. Rickles released last year. It's also a good summation of his career.
I hope to be able to see it soon.
We've got wifi at the hotel so I'll check in after the show. As with Wayne Newton I plan to sketch Mr. Rickles as he performs. I have no idea what we'll see. I hope to laugh out loud several times. I will be riveted to the stage no matter what happens.