Don Rickles Returns to Las Vegas at The Orleans Showroom, 3/22
Returning to Las Vegas for a record-smashing 55th consecutive year, internationally renowned comedian, actor and entertainer Don Rickles is set for two weekends at The Orleans Showroom in 2014: March 22 and 23 and October 11 and 12.
Having earned the nicknames "The Merchant of Venom" and "Mr. Warmth," (the latter coined affectionately by Johnny Carson), Rickles' style of comedy is never mean-spirited and all part of his act. It has been said that being "zinged" by Rickles is like "wearing a badge of honor."
Rickles took his first step toward national fame in 1957, when Rickles spotted Frank Sinatra in the audience at a nightclub in Miami Beach. The still-unknown Rickles eyed Sinatra and said, "I just saw your movie, 'The Pride and the Passion,' and I want to tell you, the cannon was great. Make yourself at home, Frank. Hit somebody." Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was "bullet-head," enjoyed Rickles so much that he returned to see him when he was performing in Los Angeles, and encouraged other celebrities to see his act. Rickles soon became the "in" comic among Hollywood stars, who flocked to see him to become a target of his insults. Sinatra's continuing support helped Rickles become a popular performer in Las Vegas, where he first started in 1959, and has been a headliner ever since.
Shortly after being discovered by Sinatra, Rickles made his acting debut in 1958's "Run Silent Run Deep." The movie was a hit, launching Rickles towards a celebrated career as a movie, television and theater actor. His still-growing television and film resume includes roles in "Casino," "Kelly's Heroes," "The Rat Race," all three "Toy Story" films, HBO's "Tales From the Crypt," and Bravo's "My Life on the D-List" with Kathy Griffin. In 2011, he made a surprise appearance in a "cliff-hanger" episode as the "thought to be dead" husband of Betty White's character on the TV Land comedy "Hot In Cleveland." Later in the year, he returned to the show for the "payoff." He recently appeared on Showtime's new series "Inside Comedy," where fellow comedian David Steinberg interviewed him. In 2000, Rickles received one of the highest honors in the entertainment business, when he received a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Rickles has received two Primetime Emmy® Awards, including Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Musical for the 2008 HBO special "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project." In 2009, cable network TV Land honored Rickles with the "Legend Award." Rickles' best-selling memoir "Rickles' Book" was released in 2007, and was followed up with the 2008 title "Rickles' Letters.
In spring 2012, Rickles joined David Letterman as the only performers to receive the prestigious "Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence" at The Comedy Awards, aired on Comedy Central. The award was presented to Rickles by Jon Stewart and Robert DeNiro. And this June, Rickles was honored with the Friars Club's Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at a star-studded awards gala at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Among those participating in honoring Don through their songs or words were Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Natalie Cole, Bob Costas, Tony Danza, Robert DeNiro, Kathy Griffin, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Bob Saget and John Stamos.
In addition to recurring dates in Las Vegas at The Orleans, Rickles continues to be a popular performer in venues throughout the country.
Tickets are on sale now for the March 22-23 performances. The October 11-12 shows will go on sale at a later date.
Showtime each evening is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $79.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.
About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.
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