March 17, 2008 12:00 PM

The insult comic extraordinaire, 82, lays down the law in Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a new DVD celebrating his 52 years in Hollywood.

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.

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