John Wayne might be known for his performances as an independent, stalwart protagonist in western movies, but he also had a funny bone. That comedic side was on full display in his interview with Don Rickles.
While most people at home watched the edited version of the show, we now have access to the unedited version. And let us assure you, this is the version you want to see.
Don Rickles was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author. Most people at the time knew him for his insult comedy, a talent that took centerstage in his series, “The Don Rickles Show.”
But the jokes did not only start with the interview with John Wayne. They started before “The Duke” came onstage when Don Rickles broke the fourth wall to address the studio audience directly.
The first guest, he informed his audience, was an important man who was “a real big star.” Before John Wayne set foot on the stage, Don Rickles had the audience giggling in their seats.
The laughter only intensified when John Wayne came onstage wearing a black mask that did nothing to hide his identity. But before the interview questions could begin, John wanted to tell a few jokes.
We will not spoil any of the punchlines for you. Suffice it to say these two funny men will have you in stitches in no time at all. Watch this unedited, playful scene of these two clever men.