Rodney Dangerfield -1985 – Standup Comedy

Published on Sep 4, 2013 by Classiccomedybits#2

Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Rodney Cohen, November 22, 1921 — October 5, 2004) was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School.

UCLA’s Division of Neurosurgery named a suite of operating rooms after him and gave him the “Rodney Respect Award”, which his wife presented to Jay Leno on October 20, 2005. It was presented on behalf of the David Geffen School of Medicine/Division of Neurosurgery at UCLA at their 2005 Visionary Ball.

Saturday Night Live ran a short sketch of Dangerfield (played by Darrell Hammond) at the gates of heaven. Saint Peter mentions that he heard Dangerfield got no respect in life, which prompts Dangerfield to spew an entire string of his famous one-liners. After he’s done, he asks why Saint Peter was so interested. Saint Peter replies, “I just wanted to hear those jokes one more time” and waves him into heaven.

On September 10, 2006, Comedy Central aired a special titled Legends: Rodney Dangerfield which commemorated his life and legacy. Featured comedians included Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Jay Leno, Ray Romano, Roseanne Barr, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, Jerry Stiller, Kevin Kline and Jeff Foxworthy.

In 2007, it was reported that a Rodney Dangerfield tattoo is among the most popular celebrity tattoos in the United States.

In The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 29 May 2009, Leno credited Dangerfield with the style of joke Leno had been using for the past few years. The format of the joke is that the comedian tells a sidekick how bad something is, and the sidekick—in this case, guitar player Kevin Eubanks—sets up the joke by asking just how bad that something is.

Impressed by Dangerfield’s role in Caddyshack, Europet’s design manager Allen Shuemaker brought forth the idea of creating a line of animal chew toys modeled after the comedian. The line had a short run in 1989 and, in recent years, have become highly desirable for a small group of collectors.

In the 2009 Judd Apatow film Funny People, a large framed portrait of Dangerfield performing standup is seen among several comedian portraits decorated throughout the apartment where Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman’s characters reside.

One thought on “Rodney Dangerfield -1985 – Standup Comedy

  1. Whoever posted this video ….thanks for the laugh. I saw him live in Framingham, MA. back in the 1980. I used to memorize about half of his jokes and people were amazed when I got going. I especially liked making my father laugh.

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