Don "Mr. Warmth" Rickles returns Saturday |

Don "Mr. Warmth" Rickles returns Saturday

Don Rickles’ tried-and-true formula is simple: vim, vinegar and venom; veni, vidi, vinci.

Rickles, aka “Mr. Warmth,” returns to Stateline for a one-night stand, Saturday, Feb. 16, at MontBleu Casino Resort and Spa. MontBleu guests will see Rickles in action on the South Shore for the first time in seven years, entering from stage to his theme song, “El Toro,” prepared to show the red cape to the front row.

“If I were to insult people and mean it, that wouldn’t be funny,” Rickles said on

Most people identify Rickles from his television appearances with Johnny Carson, Larry King, Jay Leno and David Letterman. He recently starred in the John Landis-directed documentary “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project,” which debuted on HBO in December, after screenings at the New York Film Festival and the AFI Fest in Hollywood.

Rickles honed his craft over 60 years in nightclubs and showrooms throughout the country, where he forged friendships with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and others. He also has appeared in live stage productions, and his standup career spawned two best-selling comedy albums.

Rickles’ appearances on the big screen include Martin Scorsese’s “Casino,” the first two installments of Disney’s “Toy Story” franchise and more. Last spring, Rickles became a best-selling author with the publication of “Rickles’ Book” by Simon & Schuster.

“Whatever you do to gain success, you have to hang in there and hope good things happen,” Rickles said. “Always think positive.”

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