“Even as a little kid I always identified with the loser. Most kids fall asleep listening to a fairy tale. I fell asleep listening to a guy yelling, ‘Enough! I’ve had enough!’”
--Rodney Dangerfield from his book It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but plenty of Sex and Drugs
Everyone I love is dying.
But Rodney Dangerfield is just too much for me. He was one of the funniest people alive and he was hilarious ‘till the end. Rodney was best live, but my favorite Rodney movie? Hard to pick but…Easy Money. I was obsessed with it as a kid—I still have the worn out video my brother gave me for my birthday.
Why? Why? Why?
I’m just praying my other hero/comic genius Don Rickles is not next…Or the brilliant Bob Newhart.
Reading his AP obituary, this pissed me off:
“In 1995, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rejected Dangerfield's application for membership. A letter from Roddy McDowall of the actors branch explained that the comedian had failed to execute ‘enough of the kinds of roles that allow a performer to demonstrate the mastery of his craft.’
The ultimate rejection, and Dangerfield played it to the hilt. He had established his own Web site (‘I went out and bought an Apple Computer; it had a worm in it’), and his fans used it to express their indignation. The public reaction prompted the academy to reverse itself and offer membership. Dangerfield declined.”
And of course Rodney had a perfect, true comeback:
"They don't even apologize or nothing," he said. "They give no respect at all -- pardon the pun -- to comedy."
"Shake it up Baby!"