Jerry Seinfeld may drive comedians in cars to get coffee, but Don Rickles — who has appeared on Seinfeld’s Crackle-now-Netflix series — will skip the car ride and go straight to dinner, thank you very much.
AARP Studios announced its first official series, Dinner With Don, headlined by the 90-year-old comedian.
No TV/streaming network is attached yet, but Rickles will dine with friends and fellow comedians while featuring old footage of their work and his in each episode, which will shoot in famous old and classic Hollywood restaurants. Guests for the first season will include Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei and Martin Scorsese.
“Don Rickles is a living legend in the truest sense of those words and we’re looking forward to celebrating this series in advance of his 91st birthday this year,” said Robert Bauer, who’s directing the series. “Scot and I are tremendously honored, and consider ourselves fortunate to be working alongside Don, Tony O, and AARP Studios to present this legacy series.”
Rickles and Bauer will executive produce the series, alongside Rickles’ management at Winbrook Entertainment, C. Scot Cru and Patrice Choghi. Added Jeffrey Eagle of AARP Studios: “AARP Studios is all about telling real and relatable stories driven by great characters. In creating a show with Don Rickles, we give viewers a seat at the table and the chance to hear decades of great show business stories from one of the most celebrated comedians of all time.”