Rickles is an 87-year-old insult comic whose razor-sharp wit has earned him the nickname "Mr. Warmth." He has appeared in dozens of films, including Run Silent, Run Deep, The Rat Race, Beach Blanket Bingo, Kelly's Heroes and Casino, and lent his distinctive voice to the character of Mr. Potato Head in the animated Toy Story movies.
"The genius of Rickles is in the danger; nobody is safe, and what you can expect is a night of comedy from these superstars worthy of a legend. It truly will be 'One Night Only,'" Casey Patterson --
the show's executive producer and executive vice president of event production and talent development for Viacom Entertainment Group -- said in a statement.
Scheduled to tape May 6 at the Apollo Theater in New York, the 90-minute program will also feature appearances by Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and others.
The evening will include stand-up performances, short films, pre-taped tributes and personal stories told by Rickles' closest friends, co-stars and comedians whom he has influenced. The evening will wrap up with Rickles addressing his friends and colleagues.
The special is slated to premiere on the cable television network May 28.