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Hello Dummy Live

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002MSV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hello Dummy! - Don Rickles

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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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It was 1968 and even if you were not alive during that year you certainly know about the assassinations, the war, the rioting in the streets. If someone wanted to argue that racial tensions in this country were at an all time high in 1968 it would be hard to argue with them. But at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas Don Rickles was insulting everybody, as is proven in his one classic comedy album, "Hello Dummy!" Ultimately what was hysterical about Rickles was not so much the quality but the quantity of the insults. You have to take my word for this because I do not think I could quote any of the attacks Rickles makes on this album as her insults every race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, hair color, etc. on the face of the earth, all at the rate of a machine gun being fired by the Terminator. It is just that he keeps piling it faster and higher so that you cannot help but get caught up in the momentum. Remember, this was the guy whose stepping stone to national recognition was spotting Frank Sinatra in his audience and saying: "Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody." Sinatra became the comedian's biggest booster and every star in Vegas was showing up to be insulted by Rickles.
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.
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It is sad that Political Correctness has almost destroyed the true meaning of the word comedy. Comedy was and is supposed to be the foundation of taking certain problems and contrasts and making a joke out of it, so that the entire world could laugh. Don Rickles said it himself on the album "God brought us here all to laugh". In the world today, where they try to make laws banning a person of smoking in their own backyard because the smoke might offend their next-door neighbor makes this album a delight to listen to.
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.
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I remember I had taped this recording from an LP my friend had when it first appeared in the late 60's, early 70's. I couldn't wait to play it for my father when he came home from work. I remember that I had to periodically shut off the tape because my father couldn't catch his breath, he was laughing so hard! From the moment I heard this record, I became Don Rickles' biggest fan. The guy just goes non-stop for 40 minutes. You can really use your pause button on your cd player with this recording because some of the cracks go by so fast you need to shut down for a second and realize what the guy's wingin out there! As much as he can be venomous, he can completely change stride and tug at your heart strings as evidenced by his closing, "I never picked on a little guy, only big people." Buy it, play it, and feel Rickles' magic. There's only one Rickles and only one recording for sale that I know of. You won't be disappointed.
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Laugh for laugh, Don Rickles as 'the merchant of venom'probably causes me to break up more than any other comedian, so when Ifound out (this site) had SOMETHING of his for order, I couldn't wait to hear this album. Now after having listened to it, I can't wait to sell it as fast as I can.
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.
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