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Hitchens vs Rickles: Offensive vs Funny

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Aug 20, 2022 at 17:39

Don Rickles also like to insult people, but he was funny. Here's some good ones:

  • "What's Bob Hope doing here? Is the war over?" — Rickles on The Dean Martin Show
  • "My Jewish wife was supposed to come with me today, but she couldn't get off the bed ... the jewelry was too heavy." –The Dick Cavett Show, 1972
  • [to Robin Williams, upon seeing his forearms] "I've never met an ape." –Comic Relief V, 1992
  • [to Johnny Carson] "This is a good jacket... come in with cotton candy tomorrow night, and you can work the carnival." –Tonight Show, 1976
  • "You are a politician. Black, white, Jew, gentile, we're all working for one cause: to figure out how you became governor." –Ronald Reagan Roast, 1974
  • "Clint's idea of a good time is sitting on a pickup truck watching his dog bark." –Clint Eastwood Roast, 1986
  • [To hippie-ish gentleman in the audience] "I didn't recognize the guy with the beard. Good luck in Bethlehem." –Jerry Lewis Friar's Roast, 1971

Get the difference? Christopher Hitchens was Don Rickles without a soul.

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