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“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project,” the network said Wednesday. “We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material.”


Rickles patented a confrontational style that stand-up performers still emulate, but one that kept him on the right side of trouble. He managed to shock his audiences without cutting social commentary or truly personal self-criticism. He operated under a code as old the Borscht Belt: Go far — ethnic jokes, sex jokes, ribbing Carson for his many marriages — but make sure everyone knows it’s for fun.