Friday, April 30, 2010

The Merchant Of Venom - Mr. Don Rickles

I’ve always thought that in order to be successful underwater photographer one must maintain an admirable sense of humor. And what better way to hone that skill than to watch some masters of comedy practice their unique art. Hence, April 2010 turned out to be a month of comedy as were entertained by both Conan O’Brian and Russell Brand on different nights this month.

Tonight my lovely wife and I were entertained by the legendary Don Rickles, aka "Mr. Warmth" who unleashed his infamous insult comedy schtick before adoring fans at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, British Columbia. As the band struck the opening chords to "La Virgen de la Macarena," Mr. Rickles sauntered onstage to standing applause. The “Master of Insults” was akin to a Spanish bull who would soon be metaphorically goring some front row audience members. However, everyone was soon to discover that behind Mr. Rickle’s sharp barbs was a deep affection and love for those whom he taunted.

"If I were to insult people and mean it, that wouldn't be funny." Rickles once told an interviewer. "There is a difference between an actual insult and just having fun." Don Rickles brought the house down with a lot of fun and along the way... garnered several standing ovations for his sheer comedic genius. Indeed, tonight we were entirely entertained by a legendary performer!