October 06, 2004


Comedian Rodney Dangerfield has died at 82.

UPDATE. Hit the archives and scroll down for earlier posts.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 6, 2004 12:10 PM

Caddyshack was one of the best movies of all time.

Posted by: Mike at October 6, 2004 at 12:33 PM

Did you see that Rabbi doing the eulogy? Last time I saw a head like that, it had a hook in it. And the old bat in the hat in the front row? must have really been something before electricity. I don't get no respect- the undertaker swiped my shoes. Hey, you're alright.

Posted by: Habib at October 6, 2004 at 01:15 PM

He's finally getting some respect. . .

Posted by: Mister Ghost at October 6, 2004 at 01:15 PM

"Hey. lay off Vanessa . . . she gives great head ache.''
When I was a kid I got no respect. The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, "We want five thousand dollars or you'll see your kid again."
With my dog I don't get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don't want to go out. He wants me to leave.
Last week I saw my psychiatrist. I told him, "Doc, I keep thinking I'm a dog." He told me to get off his couch.
One night I came home. I figured, let my wife come on. I'll play it cool. Let her make the first move. She went to Florida.
I asked my old man if I could go ice-skating on the lake. He told me, "Wait til it gets warmer."
When I was born, the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to my father, "I'm very sorry. We did everything we could...but he pulled through."
My mother never breast fed me. She told me that she only liked me as a friend.
I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.
Once when I was lost I saw a policeman and asked him to help me find my parents. I said to him, "Do you think we'll ever find them?" He said, "I don't know kid. There are so many places they can hide."
My wife isn't very bright. The other day she was at the store, and just as she was heading for our car, someone stole it! I said, "Did you see the guy that did it?" She said, "No, but I got the license plate."
Last night my wife met me at the front door. She was wearing a sexy negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming home.
A girl phoned me and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!
One day as I came home early from work, I saw a guy jogging naked. I said to the guy, "Hey buddy...why are you doing that for?" He said, "Because you came home early."
I went to the fair and gave my kid $10. I said, "Have a good time". The kid took a cab home.
I went to see my doctor. I told him, "Doctor, every morning when I get up and look in the mirror I feel like throwing up. What's wrong with me? He said, "I don't know, but your eyesight is perfect."

Posted by: slats at October 6, 2004 at 01:20 PM

A few more classics:

"I tell ya I get no respect from anyone. I bought a cemetery plot. The guy said, 'There goes the neighborhood!"'

"When I was born, I was so ugly that the doctor slapped my mother."

"When I started in show business, I played one club that was so far out, my act was reviewed in Field and Stream."

"Every time I get in an elevator, the operator says the same thing to me: `Basement?"'

"When my parents got divorced, there was a custody fight over me. ... and no one showed up."

"When I was 3 years old, my parents got a dog. I was jealous of the dog, so they got rid of me."

"When we got married, the first thing my wife did was put everything under both names -- hers and her mother's."

"With my wife, I don't get no respect. The other night there was a knock on the front door. My wife told me to hide in the closet."

"With my wife, I get no respect. I fell asleep with a cigarette in my hand. She lit it."

One of my all time favorite guests on The Tonight Show! RIP, Rodney

Posted by: rinardman at October 6, 2004 at 01:45 PM

I was taking a cab home from the airport and the cabbie asked me if I had any naked pictures of my wife. "No!", I said. He said, "You wanna buy some?"

Rodney, we'll miss you.

Posted by: timks at October 6, 2004 at 01:56 PM

"I was so unpopular as a child, the only way my parents could get the dog to play with me was to tie a chop around my neck."

Posted by: Habib at October 6, 2004 at 02:07 PM

I bought a used car and found one of my wife's dresses in the back seat.

Posted by: Harry in Atlanta at October 6, 2004 at 02:43 PM

I tell ya, kids are having sex too early nowadays... They got birth control pills shaped like Fred Flintstone.

My wife, I tall ya, my wife, she cut me back to once a month. I shouldn't complain though... Some guys she cut off COMPLETELY!

Wang! It's a PARKING LOT!

Posted by: Crid at October 6, 2004 at 04:32 PM

Well, we won't see Larry Burns in another Simpsons' episode it seems.

Posted by: Quentin George at October 6, 2004 at 06:18 PM

Hey Wang I think this place ahs got restrictions so don't tell me you're Jewish.

Even in hell I get no respect.

Friends of mine are organising a film festival in his honour soon...

Posted by: Torre at October 6, 2004 at 08:00 PM

Vale rodney,I loved you.

Posted by: marklatham at October 6, 2004 at 09:18 PM

I thought the Unpopulist summed it up nicely.

Posted by: Kerry Is Unelectable at October 6, 2004 at 10:40 PM

My favorite is Back to School, the big lug with a big heart, who just loves his kid. And is the only high diver capable of the Triple Lindy!

"For my money, Thornton Melon's Triple Lindy in Back to School was pure magic. From the pre-dive arm farts, to the 1940s swimsuit to the three board springs that were equal parts athletic achievement and crude editing."

His expressions during the slow motion dive are pure ham. A quote from this celluloid masterpiece ~ his immortal words to Dr. Diane Turner (Sally Kellerman) in an attempt to get a date:

Oh, you’re a poetry major. Maybe you could help me straighten out my Longfellow.”

Posted by: tree hugging sister at October 7, 2004 at 06:09 AM

'Easy money' changed my life, at a time when it was shit. I laughed myself back to reality and good health. I miss you already Rod.

Posted by: jafa at October 7, 2004 at 07:48 AM

Thinking about it now, here's what was so great, besides the script and the acting and the directing and everything else that was so funny and sweet and -- yes -- American about it. The earnest if flawed entrepreneur sticks it to the pretentious gasbag academic and walks off with the girl.

An All-American Romeo and Juliet for older folks with a happy ending

Posted by: Sissy Willis at October 7, 2004 at 09:23 AM

poor old rodney. is there anyone the orcs won't claim!

Posted by: tug at October 7, 2004 at 09:41 AM

The academy paid him no respect:

... despite his success Dangerfield was snubbed when he applied in 1995 to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Actors' branch representative Roddy McDowall said Dangerfield had failed to execute "enough of the kinds of roles that allow a performer to demonstrate the mastery of his craft".


Posted by: ilibcc at October 7, 2004 at 12:33 PM

Will we care as much when the Reaper claims that craftmaster McDowell?

Or has it already?

This is a big theme with libertarians (or it oughta be): No patience with technocrats!

Posted by: Crid at October 7, 2004 at 02:42 PM