Don Rickles’ Story About The Royal Family Had Johnny Carson Laughing
Don Rickles was always good for a laugh on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, especially alongisde Ronald Reagan and the Royal Family.
Back when late night television was worth staying up to watch, everyone seemed to watch “The Tonight Show”. Johnny Carson had the A-list guests we all wanted to watch and political correctness and left-wing celebrity lectures didn’t dominate the airwaves.
It was worth sacrificing a little sleep because you knew you would have some much needed laughs, especially when Don Rickles was a guest.
Don Rickles And President Reagan
Shortly after the 1980 presidential elections, Mr. Warmth appeared on show. Of course, he had to tell some jokes at the expense of then President Elect Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
This was nothing new for Rickles as he had been roasting Reagan for years – and like everyone else at the time, Reagan could laugh at himself. They knew there was no higher honor than to be insulted by Don Rickles.
Mr. Warmth was one of the most savage comedians but in real life, he was a kind man.
— Louis Picone – Presidential Historian & Author (@LouisPicone) April 7, 2017
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Don Rickles’ Encounter With The Royal Family
The most interesting part of this 1980 episode, was when Rickles discussed performing in front of Princess Margaret.
Don Rickles wasn’t sure how the Brits would react to his brutal comedy that focused on the Royal Family. It could have been cringeworthy because at the time the Royals were pretty untouchable.
But, Princess Margaret loved it so much that she wanted to meet Rickles after the show.
My Don and I had a lovely and interesting conversation with Princess Margaret many years ago on a visit to London. #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #royals #donrickles #comedyroyalty pic.twitter.com/edeaA6xaL7
— Don Rickles (@DonRickles) March 13, 2020
Margaret enjoying not being taken so seriously. She wanted to be a part of the fun, after all and when she met with Rickles and his wife, she even told some jokes at her sister, the Queen’s, expense.
Mr. Warmth enjoyed their conversation so much that afterwards he told his wife, “This broad’s rich!”
This clip is classic Don Rickles and Johnny Carson.
Ed McMahon’s big, hearty laugh is even peppered throughout the show. When Rickles was a guest on the show, it was definitely Must See TV.
Watch the video below if you miss the good old days when television was fun!