Rodney Dangerfield

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Astromike
09/18/2008

One of the kings of stand up in my book!   Love him!  He could be funny,  with out being real dirty

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Chalky Studebaker
08/27/2008

Classic. I remember his lines from Back to School like it was yesterday. "Remember the best part about kids is making them."

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irishgit
08/25/2008

Memorable schtick, even when it fell short.  Not a real favorite, but I have a lot of respect for a guy who didn`t get a lot of respect.

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CanadaSucks
08/24/2008

When you go back and look at the HBO shows, movies, and clips from the 70's and 80's, Dangerfield comes off as slightly dated. But I loved his self-deprecation in a hideously glossy decade like the 80's. Like almost all comedians, he made his personal pain and demons a joke as a form of therapy. (He was one ugly son-of-a-gun and the 'no respect' jokes were funnier because of it.) Looking back, Rodney deserves solid respect for a good act and shtick that is still memorable. Sorry Rod- you getting some respect from me.

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Spike65
08/23/2008

A classic comic. His schtick was a bit limited but I would never miss an opportunity to watch. Even in some of the less funny films he was in. He was outstanding in Caddyshack. Sorry to know we won't see him again. RIP Rodney, you always made me laugh.

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jaywilton
12/04/2007

I saw him in Detroit's Ford Auditorium.  Some guy was yelling at him from the balcony.Rodney shut him up with,"I remember when I had my first beer."

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angryjed
12/03/2007

how can you not like Rodney? he put on a comedy clinic every night.

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FranksWildYear s
05/01/2007

Lemme tell ya', Rodney never got no respect, no respect at all.  When Johnny Carson died a CNN producer contacted Rodney's agent to ask if Rodney wanted to do an on-air memorial for Johnny.  The agent had to inform CNN that Rodney had died four months earlier.  No respect at all. 

The last of the great old-school comics.  I'm glad I got to see one of them in my life time.  In the radio era comics adopted a persona and milked it for laughs by playing to our sense of familiarity.  Rodney's "loser" character was the last in the line that included WC Fields' cranky drunkard, Jack Benny's skinflint and Gracie Allen's dumb blonde.  Like all  of those characters, the fact that they always seemed to be the same belied the fact that a lot of their jokes were really sophisticated and clever.   

A travel agent offered me a 21 day special. He told me I would fly from New York to London. Then from Tokyo back to New York. I asked him...how am I supposed to get from London to Tokyo? He told me That is why we give you 21 days.

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93century
01/29/2007

"This steak still has marks where the jockey was hitting!"

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doobiesNhof
04/02/2006

"I called my girlfriend and she told me to come over because nobody was home. When I went over, there WAS nobody at home!!" Just an example of his humor. Always cutting himself down. Hilarious comedy. Sad that he is gone.

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Silver Eagle 252
04/01/2006

In the classic tradition of stand up comedy, there is probably none better. Although not my favorite movie, his pairing with Sam Kinison in Back to School was priceless.

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stand-up lover
01/15/2006

will always be the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PlanetaryGear
11/21/2005

Rodneys range was limited, but he was the best at the whole "lovable-loser" schtick that he helped popularize.

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GenghisTheHun
11/03/2005

Here was a first rate comedian who never lost his appeal to the audience. I don't care when or where you saw him, he was funny. What is most important to many comedians' success, we LIKED him! RIP!

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holcombe.jorda n
10/06/2005

not impressed, maybe good for his time

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rjy
09/19/2005

R.I.P. Rodney-you were one of the best!

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dragonman
06/16/2005

How could you not like this guy? Very funny man and never lost his popularity.

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gangstassnigga
06/10/2005

I was hoping not to mention the word 'respect' at all. Damn.

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Randyman
05/07/2005

The MAN. I was saddened by his death last year. One of the funniest ever. He's got my respect.

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ralph vincent
04/21/2005

no respect!! this guy is an all-timer. old school comic who always had the one liners. loved him.

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Skizero
03/17/2005

while i always found Dangerfield endearing and enjoyed his pressence in movies like Caddyshack, and even found his movie Back To School very funny(i was 12 when it came out), Dangerfield's comedy was always a little one note. but i can't complain about that, it was his schtick. if nothing else he was a tireless promoter of the art of comedy, interested in getting new talent out there for the world to enjoy.

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max9
02/25/2005

The greatest old school comedian . A unique style that none can copy . I give him much respect. I cant think of a funnier more unique comedian from his era. You really cant compare him to todays comics its a different game

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edt4
01/24/2005

I don't know how truly gifted he was, but he made me laugh, and isn't that the whole essence of what comedy is supposed to be, when you boil it to down its most prosaic basic ingredients?

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ChrisO1981
01/12/2005

I think he deserves the respect, but not to be the best ever... his stuff is funny, but I think there are a lot of comedians out there who are better.

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tocwelsh
12/28/2004

Absolutely awful unfunny person, on the same line as Robin Williams, got to be a 1....

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FranksWildYears on 5/1/2007
Do you even have a sense of humour?
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The Slacker
12/23/2004

Holy **** he died?! Awe man he was one of the GREATEST comics ever. Whoever gives him under a 3 after this should be killed!

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bsd987
11/04/2004

I tell ya, no respect, no respect at all.

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1JohnDoeFan
10/07/2004

One of the best comedians of all time. Died 2 days ago after he went into a coma after surgery. We WILL finally get his well deserved respect. R.I.P.

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kamylienne
10/05/2004

I'm sorry to hear he passed away today after going into a coma after surgery. I guess he'll finally get his due respect. His official website is www.rodney.com.

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King_Porus
10/05/2004

A great comedian. One of the best. Rest in Peace

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southparker9
08/24/2004

Very funny comedian. All jokes work. No respect shtick never grows old. One of the best of all time.

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BeatlesfanStev eo
08/23/2004

I never saw him as astand up comedian but he was great in Caddyshack.

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Rater04
06/29/2004

OK FOR AN OLD GEEZER!

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marcm9999
06/18/2004

One of the funniest of all time.

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LadyShark4534
04/07/2004

Rodney Dangerfield can play just about any rule. He made us laugh in Caddyshack and he played a scary abusive father figure in Natural Born Killers. I never expected him to be so believable as that.

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handy
03/23/2004

Rodney has paid his dues. He's very funny and a good actor as well. I respect him!

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Moosekarloff
01/08/2004

Absolute scream as a stand-up comedian, showing better than when he has a script in his hand. That entire put-upon, beleagured middleaged whiteman schtick is just so right on the money. Dangerfield makes a very strong comedic point that such men aren't necessarily the enemy, as the postmodernist politically correct ethos would suggest, but just another type of human being complete with the foibles, quirks, shortcomings and fears common to us all. Rodney turns around the enemy identity of his age, gender and social class, disarms it, demystifies it, mining it for masterful comedic effect. And without either the reliance on stupid, mentally retarded, over-the-top knuckleheadism (i.e., that dreadful and unfunny Adam Sandler and the equally vomititious Jim Carrey) or the foulmouthed bathroom humor typical of the so-called comics of the younger generation.

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jgls
12/22/2003

my personal favorite.

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raybo67
11/18/2003

Wonderfully original. Nobody like him. Funny because everyone can identify with him.

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SFShuggies
06/30/2003

One funny bastard! Caddyshack almost made me piss myself. Totally original

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BIGBABY
06/23/2003

Way under rated. This man is awesome in both movies and just by himself. Rodney's best role was in Caddyshack. Back to School was also hilarious. I love his style, I havent seen him stand still in the same spot ever. Easily 5 stars.

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DrFeelgood03
05/22/2003

He is really funny. The look just makes it though.

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guitar102
04/27/2003

Still gets no respect! Did one of his one-liners suck? Don't worry, he'll bury you with another 5 that'll level you. This guy's the biggest encyclopedia of one-liners since Henny Youngman, and it's all his own stuff. If you're overweight, don't dare ask him 'How Fat?'.

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LoneUSFullHous eFan
10/17/2002

'I don't get no respect' I think we can all relate to that at some point in time.

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latinlover
04/02/2002

What power ever decided this man was funny? His jokes were outdated even in the days of Caddyshack, which to my opinion is the most overrated comedy of all time. To hear Rodney Dangerfield may a joke with a sexual innuendo is to wish for a quick and certain death.

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Solenoid DH
04/02/2002

The only stand-up comedian I can think of that actually makes me laugh. His voice, nervous mannerisms and pop-eyes are hilarious. It's a shame he has to be vulgar so often, because he's at his best when he's not delving into seamy topics and bad language. Here are some of my favorites: "My girl friend's so ugly that when I took her to the top of the Empire State Building, airplanes started flying at her!" "I had a terrible time teaching tricks to my dog. It took me six months to teach him to 'sit.' Now I can't get him to stand back up." "When I was a kid, my parents gave me a dart board for Christmas. The darts had automatic return!"

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CastleBee
06/27/2001

I admit I’ve laughed at him a couple of times but his humor is so weak it is almost consciously imperceptible. Mostly Dangerfield just impresses me as a licentious old codger. Aside from that, I would be willing to bet he has at least one or all of these other attributes – is an “in your face” kind of guy who spits when he talks and has a continual case of bad breath. All conjecture of course; it’s just that he comes across that way. His brief comeback was probably based more on his ability to stick around so many years rather than any capacity he has ever had to truly entertain.

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