Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rodney Dangerfield on Carson's Tonight Show

"I met a girl a few weeks ago, works in a restaurant makin' hamburgers. She told me she could make a Big Boy in 3 minutes and a boy big in 2 minutes."

Rodnet Dangerfield photoAfter a decade of bombing in comedy clubs Rodney Dangerfield made a splash on TV with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. Before long he became known for his "I Don't Get No Respect" routine, a genius hook for a comedy bit.

Here's Rodney in 1978:


Rodney Dangerfield on the Tonight Show in the 1970s & 1980s His career really took off in the 1980s with a string of hit movies. I worked on the trailer and poster for Rover Dangerfield, an animated feature produced after his successful film run was over. That expensive 1991 production was God-awful, causing the comic to loose a good chuck of his own moolah. I think everyone involved knew it was a doomed project, everyone but Rodney himself who was a very pleasant guy, he loved the poster art we did.

Dangerfield was on Johnny Carson's Tonight show more than 30 times, one of Carson's favorite guests - he nailed it every time and was in tune with Johnny's sense of humor as you'll see in the clip below.

Most of the Tonight appearances have been deleted but Here's Rodney from 1973. I believe this is from an episode of Dean's Place, a proposed weekly series for Dean Martin after his variety show ended.