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Here's one for sadists (or masochists, depending upon your point of view): Don Rickles insulting a captive Las Vegas audience for about 40 minutes. A re-issue of the 1968 album.
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On this classic comedy album (which peaked at #54 on the Billboard charts) Rickles starts close to home, ripping apart what his wife Barbara is like in the bedroom, and then goes after the audience. Pay attention, because more often than not it is the fact that he brings up these subjects rather than what he has to say that is "shocking." A lot of his insults are so inane that you can never take any of it seriously, but like the audience trapped with this insane man while he performs you just go with the flow of laughter.Read more ›
Don Rickles has almost had to stop his act because of Political Correctness, and he himself was considered a minority back in the 1960s. There are people out there that this is filth and that only "criminals" would listen to this. Well, this is a free country and I am glad that Warner Bros. has given us on for the funniest comedy albums I have ever listened to. A drama director once told me that acting was once about creating a program with people who had problems. It didn't matter if the show was drama or comedy, there always had to be an inner problem always around. Don Rickles admitted "racial bigotry" existed and that the best thing to do was to face it and make jokes about it. It is better to joke about your problems, instead of hide them and lock them away. That only causes more problems.
So if you want something that will not insult you, then please do not buy this disk. However, if you are one of the few that really don't care what other people think in this modern world and know that it was all in good fun, then please get this disk and enjoy the master that tried to offend everybody of any race, size, or speed. He even made jokes at his own expense. How can you hate this man? If there were more people like this today in our Political Correct world, there wouldn't be so many problems.
Most of the humour is hopelessly dated--it's funny but not up to Don's usual standards, and only the die-hardest die-hard could possibly love this album. If I were to rate the comedian, he'd get beyond five stars (if only that were possible), but this album sure wouldn't.
He picks up steam near the end, but not enough to save the entire performance. Which, I might add, is thrown onto one track--something he could get away with (a la "Live From Hell") if the material was up to snuff, but it truly isn't.
Sorry Don... I Know you've got better stuff than this in your closet, and the worst part is, you know it too.
Most recent customer reviews
This cd made me laugh harder and more often than any comedy cd I own, period. I must mention that I have quite a selection among the best comedians ever. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002 by D. McClure
Hey, I thought I was the only person who thought Don Rickles was funny. Evidently not, as these other reviews show. I remember seeing Mr. Read morePublished on May 16 2002
Recorded in 1968, "Hello Dummy!" is quintessential Don Rickles -- "politically incorrect" insult humor at its finest. Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by Scott T. Rivers
"Nice to see you in a red shirt, right in the front. I never entertained a Mountie ! Forty million Americans and I gotta get a Mountie ! Hello dummy ! Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000 by Ozzie
Some comedians never get old and Rickles is certainly no exception. Very little of this CD sounds dated (with the exception of impressions of Don Adams and Ed Sullivan) and the... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000
If you are a real Don Rickles fan you will like this album. I've reviewed it and listened and found it very funny. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 1999
"Hello dummy"by Don Rickles is a completely hilarious comedy album. He has a talent of improvising so rare these days. he's not afraid to humiliate the audiance. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 1999