Thursday, June 7, 2007

Rodney Dangerfield

Best known for "I Don't Get No Respect," the catch-phrase that summed up his comic persona, Rodney Dangerfield was a marvel to watch. His bulging eyes and nervous mannerisms were the perfect complement to his rapid-fire, self-deprecating jokes about his looks, sex life, kids, wife and every other aspect of his life. Many comedy aficionados consider the "no respect" persona the most brilliant comic device since Jack Benney's "cheap" character. It served as a justification for many of Dangerfield's jokes and tied his whole act together.