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Regis Philbin & Don Rickles Take the Stage at the Paramount

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'Don & Reeg' perform together tonight at the Paramount.

Television icon Regis Philbin and comedy legend Don Rickles have been performing live shows together for a while now. Philbin, who's been half of more than one famous entertainment team, working with people like Joey Bishop and Kelly Ripa, says that Rickles tops his list of favorite co-performers.

"First of all, he's the funniest guy of all the comedians that Hollywood ever had," says Philbin, who was working as an entertainment reporter in Los Angeles when he met Rickles.

"If I knew that Rickles was going to be at a party or a banquet or something, I'd, with my camera crew, go right there and [cover] it. Because there was nobody like him. Nobody like him. He was just a riot. And we became friends."

The duo is co-headlining a comedy tour, and they're appearing tonight at Austin's Paramount Theater. KUT's Jimmy Maas spoke with both of the entertainment icons about working together, old Hollywood, and Rickles' famous Frank Sinatra story.

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