Picks and Pans Review: Don Rickles on ... How to Survive Showbiz in Three Easy Steps
updated 03/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 03/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
1 DITCH THE GLITZ I live a pretty normal, non-showbiz life. When I am not up onstage, I'm at home watching the Lakers or going to see movies with the wife. I never went out looking for glory.
2 STAY SPONTANEOUS In all my years doing this, I've never written down anything. My whole act is off the top of my head. To be my age and be as fast as ever is a great feeling.
3 KEEP YOUR EGO IN CHECK, BUT LET YOUR ALTER EGO RUN WILD I just got finished doing [the voice of Toy Story's] Mr. Potato Head for this fantastic 5-ft. doll at Disneyland. I just took the grandchildren to see it and they were mesmerized. They tell everybody that their Pop-Pop is Mr. Potato Head.