Rodney Dangerfield, the best comedian ever as far as I am concerned (Carlin takes a second only to this man), passed away at the age of eighty two. Frankly, when I heard the news, I just kind of sat there in disbelief. As far as a star is concerned, I've never had that kind of feeling of a loss. When Aaliyah died, I just kind of went "that's unfortunate", because I don't really like her music or never followed her activities. But Rodney, I mean, the guy was like a father to America. He was that fun loving guy that in movies like Back to School and stuff you kind of looked at with appreciation. He was accessible, highly accessible.
That isn't to say my life, or day even, is ending because Rodney is dead, but it is like you feel bad not only for family and friends of him, but just for the whole world. I mean, come on, when you saw or heard Rodney, you couldn't help but laughing. Either because he was telling hilarious jokes or because just seeing him conjured up classic Rodney lines and phrases. I still have a ton of casettes with old recordings of him which I can listen to, and probably have, a thousand times and just cried laughing.
Some Rodney one-liners:
"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 my parents got divorced, there was a custody fight over me. ... and no one showed up."
"I never got girls when I was a kid. One girl told me, `Come on over, there's nobody home.' I went over. There was nobody home."
"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."
Requiescat in pace, Rodney, you will definetly be missed, and were one of the most influential comics ever.