Don Rickles may have met his match: The stand-up comic sarcastically known as "Mr. Warmth" was recently feted (or is that roasted?) by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (and a slew of other funny folk) in a special tribute slated to air on Spike TV — and the duo came well-armed with an appropriate slew of insults.
"We're here tonight to celebrate Don Rickles," said Fey in a teaser for "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles." "And honestly, it's almost like he's here with us. You can feel his spirit in this room tonight."
When Poehler noted that he actually was present (Rickles was shown sitting on a sofa, flanked by Martin Scorsese, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld and Robert De Niro), Fey did a double take. "I thought that was somebody's purse," she said.
Rickles may best be known to the younger generation as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" series, but he's had a long career that includes roles in movies ("Kelly's Heroes") and TV series ("The Don Rickles Show"), plus Johnny Carson-era "Tonight Show" appearances in the triple digits. And even though he's 88, he continues to tour doing stand-up.
But Fey and Poehler weren't done insulting the guest of honor. "So here we are because they thought it was important for Don to be honored by at least one woman, which is apparently what we count as," said Poehler.
"Yeah," said Fey. "Thanks for sending one car for the both of us. Did you send (Jerry) Seinfeld a half a car?"
Snappy and witty barbs from two of the best comedians of any gender out there. And naturally, all of those insults came out of a place of love; as Fey told Seth Meyers on "Late Night" last week, Rickles is someone "whom I do genuinely love, and I think is a fantastic comedian and a very lovely man, too."
"One Night Only: An All-Star comedy Tribute to Don Rickles" airs on Spike TV on May 28 at 9 p.m.
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