NEW YORK (June 25, 2013)--The Friars Club has hosted an event honoring comedian Don Rickles, 87, and almost everyone played nice.
Robert De Niro, who appeared with Rickles in "Casino," joked that he was sure the comedian had died and Monday's gathering at the Waldorf Astoria was actually a memorial rather than a tribute to the man known as "Mr. Warmth," who received a lifetime achievement award from the Friars.
Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers and Louis CK were among the comics praising him. Natalie Cole, John Mayer and Diana Krall sang for him.
Rickles, of course, had insults prepared, telling Krall that her husband, Elvis Costello, was the "real star" of the couple.