In case you missed Rickles on the Daily Show - VIDEO
As Annie mentioned in her review, Don Rickles was on The Daily Show last night. I typically don't watch The Daily Show until the day after, because, at the old age of 30, I'm out like a light by 8:00 p.m., barely able to finish my bowl of oatmeal.
I usually skip over the interview segments of the show, but today I actual watched the segment with Rickles. I may be a fan of a lot of today's "alternative" comics (a term as meaningless as "alternative music"), but I also have a lot of respect and admiration for older comics such as Rickles. And it's genuine respect, not that fake respect you exude because they're old and society demands it from you. No, Rickles is a very funny and amicable gentleman, and even at the age of 81 the man is still as sharp as he ever was.
Times change, and younger talent will allows step in as the old guard steps aside, but with technology like DVDs and sites like YouTube, it's becoming easier and easier for people to see all kinds of great performers. I think that's pretty cool, and it's nice to see someone like Jon Stewart, whose audience is mostly made up of younger people, giving someone like Rickles the honor and respect he deserves. Stewart is clearly a fan, and maybe he'll turn a few kids onto the old man, as well.