“ONE NIGHT ONLY: AN ALL-STAR COMEDY TRIBUTE TO DON RICKLES”
PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT ON SPIKE TV
Special Features Hilarious and Heartfelt Performances from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Robert De Niro,
Martin Scorsese and Many More
New York, NY – May 27, 2014 – Top luminaries from the world of comedy, film and television came together to celebrate the legendary career of one of their most beloved icons – Don Rickles. “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” (#OneNightOnly) premieres Wednesday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The two-hour event, which took place at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, will treat fans to performances by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Regis Philbin, Brian Williams, and Johnny Depp, along with toasts from Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Ray Romano and Jimmy Kimmel.
Highlights include an opening monologue from Seinfeld, a stand-up legend himself, introducing the guest of honor as one of the four faces on the “Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy”; a surprisingly heartfelt tribute from Tracy Morgan, which alternated between touching moments and side-splitting punchlines; and a set by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler that brought down the house, turning Rickles’ signature biting style around on him. And in a rare appearance, David Letterman closed out the evening and introduced the man of the hour, Don Rickles.
Spike TV’s “One Night Only” is an annual original franchise that celebrates the true legends of comedy who have shaped generations with their groundbreaking styles. It is a truly memorable event – a night of nonstop comedy, untold stories and heartfelt admiration. The inaugural show, “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” paid homage to Eddie Murphy, and was the highest rated event program in the network’s history.
Spike TV has been an industry leader in original event programming honoring male icons and heroes from the worlds of comedy, sports and entertainment. Recent honorees at various signature events include Eddie Murphy, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey Jr, LeBron James, Adam Sandler, Kobe Bryant and more.
Casey Patterson, Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel, serve as Executive Producers for “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” with Juliane Hare as Producer. Tim Bruno serves as EIC for the network. Vernon Lynch serves as a consultant.
Sponsors include Burger King, the 2014 Dodge Dart, and DISH.
For more information and photo highlights from the groundbreaking career of Don Rickles, fans can go to the event site at onenightonly.spike.com
Don Mischer is an internationally acclaimed producer and director of television and live events. He has been honored with 15 Emmy® Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, 2 NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and Europe’s prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux. Mischer was also honored by the Producers Guild of America when he received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
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