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Comedy legend Don Rickles heads into Turlock
Comedy legend Don Rickles is performing at the Turlock Community Theatre May 17. - photo by Photo Contributed

Mr. Warmth himself, Don Rickles, is bringing his biting comedy to the Turlock Community Theatre stage May 17.

Rickles is one of comedy’s most famous funnymen. For over 55 years he has appeared in top showrooms and concert halls throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is regarded among the world’s top entertainers. In the spring of 2012 at the Comedy Awards in New York City, Rickles was honored to become the second recipient of the prestigious “Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.” The previous honoree was David Letterman.

Rickles continues to be very active on the stand-up comedy scene, and is still a popular performer in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other venues around the country. He has no plans to retire. In a recent interview he said, "I'm in good health. I'm working better than I ever have. The audiences are great. Why should I retire? I'm like a fighter. The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And, I still enjoy it."

Rickles’ routine often features biting insults, but in reality he is known to be quite genial and pleasant. It has been said that being "insulted" by Rickles is like "wearing a badge of honor." He's known for saying the word "anyway" following most of his comedic insults. This is widely regarded as one of Rickles' classic comedic tactics that contribute to his impeccable sense of timing.

Rickles, who just turned 88 years old, was originally set to perform in Turlock on Jan. 25, but the show had to be rescheduled because of a lingering infection in his leg.

A few number of seats are available for Rickles’ performance. Ticket prices are $129, $99, $69. The show is meant for a mature audience. Tickets for the show can be purchased by calling 668-1169, or visit Tickets can also be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 1574 E. Canal Drive in Turlock. The box office is closed from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.