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Seinfeld, Stewart, Fey & more salute insult master Don Rickles: The night's best jokes

“On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby — and Don Rickles,” Jerry Seinfeld declared at the top of Tuesday’s all-star tribute to legendary insult comic Rickles. The show — taped two days before Rickles’ 88th birthday — will air on Spike TV Wednesday, May 28.

Clearly, the biggest names in comedy agree with Seinfeld’s assessment. The evening, filmed in Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, included tributes and mini-roasts of “the Merchant of Venom” from Bob Newhart, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and David Letterman, as well as some good-natured ribbing from Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro (who worked with Rickles on 1995’s Casino), and a truly bizarre, rambling reminiscence from Johnny Depp. (The general gist: When they first met, Rickles didn’t make fun of Depp — and the actor’s had a complex about it ever since.)

Give or take a few old-fashioned groaners — blame These Changing Times, which make the sort of racial humor Rickles often employed feel outdated — the event was packed with laughs from beginning (when Newhart, who’s been best pals with Rickles since the dawn of time, dropped in via video) to end (when Rickles finally got a chance to fire back). Even more impressive: The octogenarian, famous for improvising putdowns, apparently performed his final set  without the help of either notecards or the teleprompter. Here’s a preview of the night’s funniest gags, in roughly chronological order:

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Shailene Woodley explains clay eating to a confused David Letterman -- VIDEO

It’s time for another Enviormentalism 101 class from your favorite college professor, Shailene Woodley. If you’ve been following the Year of Shailene, you know that the Fault in our Stars woman is a nature-loving, leaf foraging woodland creature (but, ugh, not a feminist).

So it’s no surprise that when Woodley stopped by Letterman Monday night, Letterman had a few questions for her — particularly about clay eating. “Clay is one of my favorites because if you look at indigenous cultures around the world, people are eating clay almost daily,” she explained to a shocked Letterman. “It’s just a part of their diet. Pregnant woman eat clay too, because it’s really good for their bodies and their babies. Look it up! It’s really interesting!”

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How each late night host tackled the Donald Sterling scandal -- VIDEO

Billionaire Donald Sterling made headlines last week when TMZ posted audio recordings of the Los Angeles Clippers owner making racist comments. Specifically, the audio captures Sterling telling his mistress that he doesn’t want her associating with black people in public and asking her not to bring “them” to his games.

Everyone from President Obama to Snoop Dogg have offered their two cents on the controversy — and on Monday night, it was late night’s turn. See what each host had to say about Sterling, including what kind of animal he resembles, below:

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Courteney Cox shuts down talk of 'Friends' reunion on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

Could she BE any more clear?

Courteney Cox went on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, and Letterman told her he had to ask her about something she probably didn’t want to address: A Friends reunion.

Fans have been clamoring for one since the show went off the air in May 2004 (10 years ago!). Unfortunately, Cox said she’s got some bad news: She can barely get Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow together for a cast dinner. That means a taped reunion simply isn’t in the cards. “It’s not gonna happen,” she said. (For the record, Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane told EW the same thing earlier this month: “The show is over. What was at the heart of the show is done,” said Kauffman. And as Crane added, “People say they want it, and the more that we say it’s a bad idea, people [disagree]. But I think if we actually gave it to people, there would be such backlash.”)

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Here's what the other late-night hosts had to say about Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman -- VIDEO

The comedy community is busy congratulating Stephen Colbert, who has earned the coveted role of  Late Show host. The news came Thursday afternoon, just one week after outgoing host David Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015 — and just in time for other late-night hosts to send their regards during Thursday’s new episodes.

Jon Stewart offered the fondest farewell to his Comedy Central colleague, reminiscing about Colbert’s time on The Daily Show with a ridiculous old clip in which both comedians completely blow it because they’re making each other laugh so hard. But Stewart’s ensuing tribute to the man he calls “a very talented actor, writer, dancer, and improvisational comedian” was touching:

“Truly one of the great pleasures of doing this show has been trying to maintain professional composure whilst Mr. Colbert is making me laugh uncontrollably,” Stewart said on last night’s Daily Show. “So, the exciting news today is I no longer need a cable subscription for the privilege of watching Stephen Colbert. Our good friend Stephen Colbert will be heading to CBS to take over the Late Show from, for at least me, the comedian broadcaster who was the best there ever was, David Letterman. Here is the exciting thing for me — I think Stephen Colbert is up for the challenge. So while we wish Dave the absolute best for a well-earned retirement, there’s no greater joy than seeing a genuinely good man who works as hard as he can every day and deserves all the success in the world actually get that success. For Stephen, we’re just thrilled. Here’s what I’m looking forward to — to be able to walk down Broadway and to look up at the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee and see the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert on taking over for Letterman: 'Those are some huge shoes to fill -- and some really big pants'

“One thing before we get started,” Stephen Colbert said at the beginning of Thursday’s Colbert Report. “There was some big news last week that slipped through my news-crack. It concerned someone I’ve admired for years, and yet, surprisingly, is not me.”

Colbert was speaking, of course, about David Letterman — who revealed on April 3 that he’s leaving CBS’s Late Show in 2015. Just one week later, word broke that his desk will be inherited by none other than Colbert himself. (By which I mean the actual Stephen Colbert — not the character he’s been playing on the Report since 2005.)

“Dave has been on the air my entire adult life,” Colbert continued. “Late Night debuted my first night in college. I learned more from watching Dave than I did from going to my classes, especially the ones I did not go to because I had stayed up till 1:30 watching Dave.

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Celebrities react to Stephen Colbert taking over 'Late Show'

The speculation is over: Stephen Colbert is officially replacing David Letterman as host of CBS’ Late Show after the longtime host retires in 2015. #CancelColbert worked after all! (Kidding. This has nothing to do with angry tweeters… probaby.)

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Tracy Morgan wants David Letterman's job -- VIDEO

Watch your back, Jimmy Fallon: One of your former Saturday Night Live co-stars is gunning for David Letterman’s job.

Tracy Morgan stopped by the Today show Thursday morning, where he told Matt Lauer he’s launching a new campaign: To become CBS’s next late night host. “Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he explained. Hold up, everyone. Let’s not dismiss this too quickly — Morgan’s show sounds amazing.

The band: “It would be different every night. It might be Drake one night, it might be Sly and the Family Stone [the next].”

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Ellen DeGeneres gives sample 'Late Show' monologue -- VIDEO

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Ellen DeGeneres may be a hilarious host for daytime TV and the Oscars — but late night? Maybe not so much.

Since David Letterman announced that he’s retiring in 2015, speculation has swirled about who might replace him on the Late Show — and Ellen’s name has always been near the top of the list. So in Thursday’s episode of Ellen, DeGeneres addresses the rumors by giving us a taste of what her late night monologues might be like. (She also kind of shut down the idea that she might take over for Dave: “I am flattered, but I really love doing my daytime show,” DeGeneres said, “But I feel like you don’t really know if you’re good until you try it.”)

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Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman call Oprah on 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

David Letterman is really bad at prank calling.

Lindsay Lohan went on The Late Show, which airs Wednesday night,  and proposed — nay, begged – Letterman to call Oprah on-air. Letterman obliged, calling Oprah and pretending (very unconvincingly) to be Lohan’s secretary until Oprah asked, for the second time, “Who is this?” and he revealed himself.

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