By Rodney Dangerfield
An American comedian icon tells the tale of his second–act upward thrust from obscurity to multimedia stardom.
"When i used to be a kid," writes Rodney Dangerfield, "I labored difficult areas in express business––places like Fonzo's Knuckle Room. Or Aldo's, previously Vito's, previously Nunzio's. That used to be a difficult joint. I checked out the menu. they'd damaged leg of lamb." For as soon as, one in every of America's so much liked comedian icons isn't kidding. Dangerfield has noticeable each point of the leisure undefined: the rough–and–tumble nightclubs, the behind the scenes gag–writing periods, the medication, the hookers, the awful day jobs – and the red–carpet famous person remedy. As he strains his path from a bad youth on ny to his enshrinement as a comedy legend, he is taking readers on a roller–coaster experience via a existence that has been alternately touching, sordid, humorous, raunchy, and uplifting – equivalent components "Little Orphan Annie" and "Caligula." and in contrast to so much star autobiographers, he turns out to don't have any qualms approximately providing the unfiltered complete tale, warts and all.
Dangerfield's own tale is additionally a rollicking express enterprise story, packed with marquee name–droppings (Adam Sandler, Sam Kinison, Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld) and strong tales approximately related. Defying the outdated saws in regards to the fleeting nature of repute and the lack of moment acts in American existence, Dangerfield reworked himself from a debt–ridden aluminium–siding salesman named Jack Roy to a multimedia celebrity – and stayed an icon for many years. His catchphrase – "I get no respect" – has entered the lexicon, and he continues to be a visual cultural presence and perennial talk–show visitor.
Dangerfield's hilarious and encouraging musings should still thrill comedy fanatics and pop–culture watchers, and his second–act comeback will ring a bell with readers of all stripes. might be he'll even get a few respect.
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