Los Angeles – April 22, 2021 – CPO Sharkey, the satirical look at Navy life starring Don Rickles, becomes available for streaming on demand for the first time ever beginning Saturday, May 1 on Shout! Factory TV and its various platforms, including ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s apps on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android; and such Shout! Factory TV branded channels as Tubi, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel.
Besides the release of CPO Sharkey, Shout Factory! TV will begin streaming four classic Don Rickles comedy specials beginning Saturday, May 1: The Many Sides of Don Rickles, Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking, Mr. Warmth and The Don Rickles Special. Guest stars on these specials include Johnny Carson, Bob Newhart, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Carroll O’Connor, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Anne Meara, and Jack Klugman.
“I’m so happy that my father’s comedy specials, along with CPO Sharkey, will finally be available to stream,” said Mindy Rickles. “I grew up watching my father’s groundbreaking comedy; and now his genius will be accessible for new generations of viewers.”
Shout! Factory TV will also celebrate the streaming launch by hosting a birthday marathon in memory of Don Rickles from midnight-to-midnight PT on Saturday, May 8. Throughout the day, Shout! Factory TV will stream the Rickles comedy specials, episodes of CPO Sharkey, and curated Rickles-starring episodes of The Johnny Carson Show and The Carol Burnett Show. The marathon can be viewed on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and the following digital streaming platforms: Twitch, Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo, Vizio, Redbox, IMDb TV, STIRR, Sling TV, THETA.tv and Local Now.
For nearly seven decades, Don Rickles appeared in top showrooms and concert halls throughout the world and is regarded among the world’s top entertainers. Rickles is a star whose career spanned stand-up comedy, headlining residencies, frequent variety show and late-night talk show appearances, scripted television, and major feature films.
Rickles earned the nicknames The Merchant of Venom and Mr. Warmth (coined affectionately by Johnny Carson) for his insult style of humor, a signature that grew from his responses to hecklers in the early days of his stand-up act. Being roasted by Rickles became a measure of show business industry status and a badge of honor, which was enjoyed by almost every major celebrity from Frank Sinatra to Ryan Gosling.
The recipient of an Emmy Award, The TV Land Legend Award, The Friars Club Legend Award and the Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award, Rickles’ status as a comedic icon has long been cemented. His very last project, an unscripted Web series entitled Dinner with Don, won both a Telly Award for Non-Scripted Web Series and an International Academy of Web Television Award for Best Comedy Series in 2018.
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