By Rodney Dangerfield
An American comedian icon tells the tale of his second–act upward push from obscurity to multimedia stardom.
"When i used to be a kid," writes Rodney Dangerfield, "I labored difficult locations in exhibit business––places like Fonzo's Knuckle Room. Or Aldo's, previously Vito's, previously Nunzio's. That was once a tricky joint. I checked out the menu. they'd damaged leg of lamb." For as soon as, one among America's such a lot cherished 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 medicine, the hookers, the awful day jobs – and the red–carpet megastar remedy. As he strains his course from a terrible adolescence on new york to his enshrinement as a comedy legend, he's taking readers on a roller–coaster journey via a existence that has been alternately touching, sordid, humorous, raunchy, and uplifting – equivalent elements "Little Orphan Annie" and "Caligula." and in contrast to so much big name autobiographers, he turns out to don't have any qualms approximately offering the unfiltered entire tale, warts and all.
Dangerfield's own tale can also be a rollicking convey enterprise story, packed with marquee name–droppings (Adam Sandler, Sam Kinison, Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld) and reliable tales approximately similar. Defying the outdated saws in regards to the fleeting nature of popularity and the lack of moment acts in American lifestyles, Dangerfield remodeled himself from a debt–ridden aluminium–siding salesman named Jack Roy to a multimedia megastar – and stayed an icon for many years. His catchphrase – "I get no respect" – has entered the lexicon, and he is still a visual cultural presence and perennial talk–show visitor.
Dangerfield's hilarious and encouraging musings should still thrill comedy enthusiasts and pop–culture watchers, and his second–act comeback will ring a bell with readers of all stripes. perhaps he'll even get a few respect.
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It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs by Rodney Dangerfield