Rodney Dangerfield Got No Respect, But He Should

Born Jacob Cohen, by the time Dangerfield perfected his comedy he was nearly 60.

Rodney Dangerfield in his apartment circa 1978 in New York City. (Allan Tannenbaum/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Rodney Dangerfield in his apartment circa 1978 in New York City. (Allan Tannenbaum/IMAGES/Getty Images)
By Tom Anderson / February 4, 2018 8:03 am

After numerous starts and stops, Rodney Dangerfield didn’t reach the peak of his comedy career until late in life. While other comedians of his era made their mark in television and film, Dangerfield was all about his stand-up, writes Alex Halberstadt.

Dangerfield’s  masterpieces could transcend logic: “I told my dentist my teeth were going yellow. He told me to wear a brown necktie.” Or make variations on a theme: “When I was born, I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother” and followed it up with “I was an ugly kid. When I was born, after the doctor cut the cord, he hung himself.”

Watch Dangerfield in his prime in the video below.

 

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