Anyone can repeat a Rodney Dangerfield joke, but no one can tell one quite like the man himself. We had an artistic mastermind, a comedy God, walking among us. The following pages offer a journey into his virtuous mind. People remember Rodney as a regular on variety programs like The Tonight Show and from a host of sidesplitting movies that incited cult followings. But if you never witnessed Rodney perform his opus, his Las Vegas act, then you missed the definitive comedic event—a contemplative glimpse into the otherwise billowing eyes of this soulful philosopher. The following reviews of his live shows were those Rodney cherished. He could immediately see the writers understood he what he was trying to do on stage, making their accounts essential to the true Rodney fan.
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'I don't get no respect' was Dangerfield's way of saying 'no one liked me'
When Eddie Murphy was a young, aspiring comedian, he got the worst career advice he's ever heard, and it came from comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield. Murphy, who started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 15, told W Magazine he met Dangerfield at a comedy club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in when Murphy was As a young, brash comedian, Murphy says he was "full of himself" and he asked Dangerfield — who was already a comedy star and was then starring in the movie "Caddyshack" — if he would watch Murphy's act and offer feedback. Murphy's early stand-up performances were commonly full of profane language about sex and racial issues, including offensive homophobic jokes that Murphy later described as "ignorant," admitting that he now cringes at some of his early material. In his stand-up film "Eddie Murphy Raw", Murphy reportedly says the word "f--k" over times in 90 minutes. And in fact, Dangerfield wasn't the only older comedian to criticize the profanity in Murphy's act, as Bill Cosby also chastised Murphy for using vulgar language. However, what Dangerfield definitely got wrong was the idea that Murphy's profanity and edgy material would hinder his path to success. In fact, Murphy soon rocketed to stardom as a cast-member of "Saturday Night Live" where some of his most popular characters, from Velvet Jones to Mr.
In fact, his aptly titled comedy album, No Respect , even won a Grammy Award in It affects everyone differently. I could have come out being a nicer person, or I could have come out being a nasty person. In my case, I guess I was born a very good person. To help support the family, Dangerfield juggled an array of jobs as a teen, including selling ice cream on the beach, delivering groceries, taking care of a newsstand, working at a soda fountain, barking for the theater and driving a fish truck.