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Don Rickles loses son, Larry Rickles, dead at 41

14 December 2011 12:48 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Legendary comedian Don Rickles has lost his only son. Larry Rickles, an Emmy Award-winning producer of "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" and the son of comedian Don Rickles, died Saturday, December 3 in Los Angeles of respiratory failure due to pneumonia. He was 41. John Landis directed the documentary, which also earned Don Rickles an Emmy for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program. Larry Rickles became a staff writer on the CBS hit sitcom "Murphy Brown" in 1997. The 85-year-old comedian and his wife Bar­bara were reported as "inconsolable," and that family friend Bob Newhart "dropped ev­erything he was doing, jumped on a plane and rushed to Don and Barbara.s side,. an insider tells »

- April MacIntyre

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Rickles Mourning Loss Of His Son

12 December 2011 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor/comedian Don Rickles is in mourning following the death of his only son.

The Toy Story star pulled out of his performances at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida towards the end of last month after citing the illness of a close family member, and now it's emerged Larry Rickles died of pneumonia complications and respiratory failure on 3 December.

He passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 41, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Larry Rickles was born in 1970 and went on to become a writer for the popular U.S. sitcom Murphy Brown. He also received an Emmy Award in 2008 for his TV documentary on his comedian father, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. »

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Five Funny Documentaries About Stand-Up Comedians

6 April 2011 11:57 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

With a new documentary about the life of Bill Hicks opening in New York City this weekend, it seemed like a good time to dig deeper into the world of documentaries about stand-up comedians. And, pending an thorough examination, this is what we found: there aren't a lot of good ones. Obviously there are plenty of concert films of stand-ups, just not a ton of docs about stand-ups, and most of the ones that do exist aren't very good. "American," which is smartly edited and constructed, is a fine exception. Here are five more:

"The Comedians of Comedy" (2005)

Directed by Michael Blieden

As "The Comedians of Comedy" opens, Patton Oswalt talks about one of the worst gigs of his life: Yuk-a-Buck Night, six comedians, six bucks, one comedy club. Places like that Yuk-a-Buck joint, with their lowest common denominator expectations and two drink minimums, are the reason Oswalt gathered together Brian Posehn, »

- Matt Singer

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Can Sarah Palin win Kathy Griffin an Emmy?

18 March 2011 1:10 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

On her Bravo special Thursday night, Kathy Griffin revealed that her pokes at poltiico Sarah Palin have resulted in death threats. The tart-tongued comedienne did an extended riff on the "Palin Army" during her laff fest "Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant." And on Tuesday's episode of "Glee," Griffin had guested as a judge at regionals whose behavior was eerily similar to that of the one-time national candidate. Two years ago, Tina Fey won the Guest Comedy Actress Emmy for her Palin parodies on "SNL." While Kathy Griffin has yet to be an Emmy acting nominee, she has contended twice for Best Variety Comedy Music Special. In 2008, her stand-up special "Straight to Hell" lost to "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" while in 2009 her concert gig "She'll Cut a Bitch" was bested by the Kennedy Center Honors, which won the fifth of its six Emmys. As Griffin noted in her piece on Palin Thursday: "Sh. »

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