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22 Sep
Eric Greenberg

Rickles Rules the Emmys

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | No comments

I’m sorry to say that I only caught a portion of last night’s Emmy Awards. I saw enough to know that ”30 Rock” owned the night, which made me very happy. Saw too little to judge how the reality group hosting experiment worked. And had mixed feelings when I filled in the gaps this morning and saw that Jeremy Piven won best supporting actor again. He’s still a great choice, but it would be great to see Kevin Dillon get his due considering that most people I know think that Johnny Drama makes “Entourage” these days. If you ask me though, the smartest decision of the night wasn’t something that happened, but something that didn’t happen.

Somewhere in that Emmy control room, somebody used some very good judgement. Despite being short on time to the point where presenter intros were cut short and despite the director having the music on stand by to cut off lengthy speeches, somebody chose not to do the stupidest thing they could have done. Somebody made the decision not to play the music on Don Rickles.

In one of the more interesting categories of the night, Rickles took home the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for HBO’s “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.” Truth be told, this is one of those goofy categories in which I’m not sure it’s fair to compare Rickles’ performance, in which he essentially served as the subject of a documentary, with the night in night out performance of someone like Stephen Colbert. That said, it was a great moment, and I don’t particularly care.

It’s probably not accurate to say that Don Rickles hasn’t gotten respect over the years, because I think he’s generally considered a comedy legend. The thing is though, being one of the funniest and hardest working comedians on the road doesn’t necessarily keep you at the top of the mainstream national consciousness, even if you’ve done it for over fifty years. That’s not to say he hasn’t had any success on TV and film. The guy even had his own short lived 70s sitcom, “C.P.O. Sharkey,” which I’d like to check out if it ever makes its way onto DVD. With the recent HBO special though, it seems like he’s finally getting his much deserved due. Still, you get the sense that all he really wants is to perform for a crowd, and at 82, he still does it better than most. So when he picked up the Emmy last night, I’m glad that’s what they let him do. Thanks to the Academy for not messing it up. What a great TV moment.

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