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FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO PRESENTS DON RICKLES ON APRIL 26
02.07.2014

Foxwoods Resort Casino, the largest resort casino in North America, welcomes Don Rickles, one of comedy’s most famous and enduring funnymen, to the stage for a night of comedy and laughter on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. For over 55 years Don has appeared in top venues around the world and is regarded among the world’s top entertainers.

Tickets priced at $25 and $40 go on sale this Friday, February 7 beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ Box Office at 800-200-288 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available by visiting the box office.

Early in his stand-up career, Rickles formulated his unique comedic style that still has him going strong today. After responding to his hecklers directly, he quickly became known as an “insult” comedian. The audience seemed to enjoy his spontaneous barbs more than his prepared material and he developed a style which featured making fun of people. 

While working at a nightclub in Miami Beach, Rickles spotted Frank Sinatra in the audience. Sinatra, whose pet name for Rickles was “bullet-head,” enjoyed him so much that he returned to see him perform in Los Angeles. Rickles soon became the “in” comic among the Hollywood stars, who flocked to see him perform. 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.

Throughout the next decade, Don was seen frequently on television in both sitcoms and dramatic series, including guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, The Munsters, Gilligan’s Island, The Andy Griffith Show and I Dream of Jeannie. Although it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment of his breakthrough, Rickles believes his fame began during his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His freewheeling performance became the talk of the show business industry and caused nationwide comment among the press and public. Rickles later went on to become a frequent guest and guest host on The Tonight Show, appearing over 100 times during Carson’s tenure. 

In the spring of 2012 at the Comedy Awards in New York City, Rickles was honored to become the second recipient of the prestigious “Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.”  The previous honoree was David Letterman.  Rickles continues to be very active on the stand-up comedy scene, and remains a captivating performer in venues around the country.