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Spike TV to Air a Tribute to Don Rickles, Featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, and More

Spike TV announced today that they're making a big star-studded tribute special to Don Rickles that will air on the cable network next month. Called One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, the 90-minute special will be shot at NYC's Apollo Theater on May 6th and air on Spike on Wednesday, May 29th, at 9pm. David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, and Brad Garrett are all set to perform and pay tribute to Rickles at the event, with not a single female on the bill for some reason. Spike [...]

Don Rickles is Not Don Rickles in The Don Rickles Show

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The tradition of the standup-helmed sitcom goes back a long ways, and for good reason: it often works. From Newhart to Seinfeld, from Welcome [...]

'Mr. Warmth' and the Enduring, Endearing Career of Don Rickles

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project is an unabashedly loving film about a comedy icon, as well as a celebration of old-school show business. The film shows Rickles in 2006 still out in Las Vegas, clad in a tuxedo, backed by a full band, [...]

Have Yourself a Night of Comedy with the Premieres of Inside Comedy & The Ruckus

It's finally time for the long-awaited and saliva-inducing Inside Comedy on Showtime, whose first episode, an interview with Jerry Seinfeld and Don Rickles, airs tomorrow at 11. But that won't be the night's only new standup-focused television show! Comedy Central is also premiering Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus at 10, hosted by J.B. Smoove and featuring established black comics (unlike the near-entirely white Inside Comedy). What an evening it'll be, for those who don't have outside obligations (who are we kidding, for all of us). First you'll crack a beer and laugh at jokes from today's comics, then kick back with a brandy and theorize with the [...]

What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When I started writing this column a little over two years ago, my intentions were pretty straight-forward: turn the time I was spending at the [...]

Late Night Roundup: Angry Old Guys Don Rickles and Lewis Black Do Their Things

Two of America’s funniest angry old guys made late night appearances last night. First, “Mr. Warmth” Don Rickles stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to bust Kimmel’s balls for being a “dumbbell host” and to admit he realizes nobody is interested in buying his app. At 86, Rickles is still spry and quick to berate Kimmel at every chance he gets.

64-year-old angry guy Lewis Black returned to The Daily Show for another installment of his long-running segment “Back in Black,” which he only does a few times a year these days. Black takes on Lance Armstrong, butt chugging, and donkey sex crimes, all topics that give him ample opportunity [...]

Are the 'Comedy Awards' a Thing Now?

Last night, the Comedy Awards aired on Comedy Central. After last year's ceremony, we discussed the Comedy Awards' biggest problem – it's an award show. From the Oscars down to whatever Nickelodeon's award show is called, the actual honor inherently doesn't really mean anything beyond it's nice to win things and it's nice when people we like win things. So the Comedy Awards, which seem even more trivial because they are so young, are nice because our favorite people get to be honored. They can, and will, self-deprecate towards it but it's still a worthy moment for people who wouldn't otherwise get that level of moments. As Paul [...]

A Don Rickles/Bristol Palin Reality Show Seems Almost Inevitable At This Point

Man, if a producer were to harness the power of Don Rickles' sardonic outbursts and team them up with Bristol's uncomfortable smiles and thirst for fame? Why, it'd be unscripted television gold! Seriously, Rickles cannot stop interrupting Bristol Palin's Leno interview, whether it's pretending to ward off evil or bringing up the inevitable outcome of a Sarah Palin run in 2012.  Jeez, can't a woman talk about losing her virginity, write about it for her upcoming memoir and subsequently confess it to her politician mother without some comedian taking pot shots off her? I assume there's got to be a spare bed room in Bristol's upcoming reality show [...]

Inside the Friars Club Gala for Don Rickles with Louis CK, Lewis Black, Joan Rivers and More

In the classic 1966 Esquire piece Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, Sinatra and his crew visit The Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas to see “a baldheaded little comedian named Don Rickles, who is probably more caustic than any comic in the country. His humor is so rude, in such bad taste, that it offends no one – it is too offensive to be offensive.” On Monday night, at a Friars Club gala presenting Rickles with a lifetime achievement award, Louis CK echoed that idea. "He takes things people are afraid of and he just fastballs right to it," CK said. "'You're gonna die.' 'You're black.' 'Jews are nuts.' He just says [...]

Bob Newhart Talks About Clint Eastwood Taking His Bit, Phyllis Diller, and Vacationing with Don Rickles

People like to debate what is and what isn't a stolen joke or bit. And Eastwood's performance was so gruffly rambling that it's hard to tell if there was any ill intent at all. Also, it seems like on his 83rd birthday, Bob couldn't care less. So instead let's just watch the "The Driving Instructor," the legendary bit Eastwood hypothetically aped, and the rest of the interview below:

Jon Stewart to Present Don Rickles with the Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence

The Comedy Awards, which tape in New York on April 28 and will air on Comedy Central on May 6, will honor Don Rickles with "Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence." The award was to David Letterman by Bill Murray last year; Jon Stewart will be handing over to Mr. Rickles this year.

I'd pay to go see Lärrydavhead open for Constanzig

The first offering from Aye Jay's Pop Sub Print Club is a series of four 7-inch screenprints, all based on comedians. You've got BillHicksFits, Lärrydavhead, Constanzig and a print of Don Rickles. The club sends you a different set of four prints based around a different theme every month. I'm guessing the next set won't focus on comedians, but they should turn some of these into t-shirts. They'd be surprised how many Seinfeld nerds are also really into 80's Metal. [via]