- Penn Jillette first saw Don Rickles perform in 1975. He expected a phoned-in performance, but saw an old pro with raw power
- He says Rickles could be a transgressive insult comedian because he showed he was the kindest man on earth
Penn Jillette, a writer, television host and frequent guest on a wide range of shows, is half of the Emmy Award-winning magic act duo Penn & Teller. His most recent book is "Presto." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)I first saw Don Rickles live in 1975 at the Latin Casino outside of Philadelphia. I was a punk. I cared about The Ramones and Iggy Pop, but I worked in comedy, so I was going to see a Vegas comic: Rickles.