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Late-night television has come a long way in the past 50 years, but the formats of the shows haven’t really changed — a few guests come on and riff with each other, and maybe the host makes a few stabs.

One of the best guys to have on your show if you were a late-night comic in the 70’s was indubitably Don Rickles. The comic, who is now 90 years old, made a living getting laughs at the expense of others.

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In this classic bit, Rickles comes on Johnny Carson’s show and makes a little joke about Frank Sinatra’s Italian heritage (this was when the mob was still a very big player).

There were several rumors that Sinatra was well acquainted with members of the Italian mob, and the “Johnny Fontane” character in The Godfather is reportedly based off the singer.

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Getting to know the legendary Don Rickles

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