Don Rickles to Receive Tribute From Hollywood Stars in Spike TV Special

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Friday, 18 Apr 2014 12:22 PM

By Nick Sanchez

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Actor Don Rickles, "Tonight Show" favorite and master insult comic, will get a star-studded tribute this spring on Spike TV.

The 90-minute special, "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles," will be taped May 6 at New York's Apollo Theater to air May 28, according to The Boston Herald.

Bob Newhart, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Brad Garrett, and David Letterman are expected to attend.

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The night will include stand-up performances, pre-taped messages for Rickles, looks back at his career highlights, and will reportedly end with an address from the Queens-born comic himself.

"The genius of Rickles is in the danger, nobody is safe, and what you can expect is a night of comedy from these superstars worthy of a legend. It truly will be 'One Night Only,'"  Casey Patterson, executive producer and executive vice president of event production and talent development at Viacom Entertainment Group, said in a statement.

At a recent appearance at the American Film Institute’s tribute to Shirley MacLaine, Rickles displayed his trademark wit when he hurled insults at everyone from President Barack Obama to Jack Nicholson, and many expect as much during his own tribute this year.

Rickles, 87, has acted in dozens of films since the late 1950s, including Scorsese's "Casino" and Disney's "Toy Story" films, as well as a long list of television shows including "The Twilight Zone," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Gilligan's Island," as well as his own specials.

He's also penned two books about his life in Hollywood published by Simon and Schuster.

The event is being produced in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions.

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