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Special honor for Rickles

He's known for his comedic insults, but Don Rickles will be complimented when he receives a special honor at the second annual Comedy Awards this month.

The 85-year-old has been chosen to receive the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence.

Rickles credits Carson for giving him his big break on "The Tonight Show" when he first appeared in 1965. He went on to be a frequent guest, appearing more than 100 times, and would even fill in for Carson.

Rickles is the second recipient of the award. Last year, it went to David Letterman. The Comedy Awards will take place April 28 and will air May 6 on Comedy Central.


Ansari: Life imitates art

"Parks and Recreation" star Aziz Ansari takes his parks persona seriously.

Monday, the actor and comedian helped New York City's Central Park get ready for spring by lending a hand mowing its 15-acre Sheep Meadow on a riding lawn mower. Ansari was assisted by several park crew members, also riding lawn mowers.

Central Park Conservancy spokeswoman Dena Libner says Ansari helped mow about an acre of the lawn. It's used for relaxing and sunbathing.

The city is reopening all its park lawns and ball fields Saturday. They're fenced during the off-season so the grass can be hearty in the spring.

Central Park gets more than 250,000 visitors a day.

Ansari portrays parks employee Tom Haverford on the NBC comedy show.


Willis' fourth daughter

Bruce Willis is a father again.

The actor's wife, designer-model Emma Heming Willis, gave birth Sunday in Los Angeles to a baby girl. They named their daughter Mabel Ray Willis. She weighed 9 pounds, and 1 ounce.

A statement Monday from Willis' publicist said the couple are "overjoyed," and both mom and baby are "healthy and doing beautifully." This is the couple's first child together. Willis, 57, and Heming, 33, were married in 2009.

Willis has three daughters, 23-year-old Rumer, 20-year-old Scout and 18-year-old Tallulah, from his previous marriage to actress Demi Moore.


Baldwin is engaged

Alec Baldwin is giving marriage another shot. The actor popped the question over the weekend to his 28-year-old yoga instructor girlfriend, Hilaria Thomas. They began dating last year.

His publicist, Matthew Hiltzik, made the engagement announcement over Twitter.

Baldwin, who once starred in a film called "The Marrying Man," turns 54 today, and an engagement, says Hiltzik, is a "great way to celebrate!"

Baldwin was previously married to Kim Basinger. They have a daughter together named Ireland. He published a book in 2008 called "A Promise to Ourselves" about his personal experience dealing with divorce and his battle with Basinger over custody of their daughter.

-- From News and wire services