Don Rickles honored in Spike TV tribute
NEW YORK – Don Rickles engages in what might be called Comedy S and M. He insults audience members (whether famous or unknown, each a hockey puck in his eyes) and they laugh and beg for more.
It’s a manic, lacerating style Rickles has commanded for a half-century-plus.
Now he’s being feted by Spike TV with a 90-minute special, “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute.” A black-tie affair taped earlier this month at Harlem’s storied Apollo Theater, it airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT, packed with love and a healthy dose of bile.
“We wanted to honor your memory, Don, so here we are,” says Martin Scorsese, firing a zinger at the spirited but frail-looking Rickles seated stage-side – “though if I’d been directing this, I don’t think I would have gone for the open casket.”