Listen up, dummies: As you’ve probably heard, legendary insult comedian Don Rickles died today at the age of 90. “Mr. Warmth” was no stranger to Milwaukee; his last appearance here was back in August 2016 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. (Read his interview with Milwaukee Magazine here.) While in town, Rickles showed his tender side with a short happy 50th anniversary message for Milwaukee’s United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF). Watch the video below, which is followed by a short statement from UPAF.
He was called the “Merchant of Venom,” but for those who knew him, Don Rickles was truly a nice guy. The comic legend who died today at 90 was generous and a strong advocate for the arts far beyond the showrooms of Las Vegas. A few months back, Rickles performed at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and took some time before his show to go on camera and wish the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) a happy 50th anniversary. […] Don brought joy and laughter to millions and was a true comedic original. He will be missed.