Rodney Dangerfield Exhibit Coming to Grammy Museum

Legendary comic Rodney Dangerfield will be the subject of a new exhibit coming this fall to the Grammy Museum, located in downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Live complex. The show is the museum’s first to focus on a comedian and will kick off its inaugural Comedy Month, taking place throughout November 2014.

The late stand-up comedian is the first to be honored with a show at the L.A. Live destination.

Legendary comic Rodney Dangerfield will be the subject of a new exhibit coming this fall to the Grammy Museum, located in downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Live complex. The show is the museum’s first to focus on a comedian and will kick off its inaugural Comedy Month, taking place throughout November 2014.

Fans of the comedian are invited to attend the exhibit’s opening night celebration on Sunday, Nov. 2, where celebrity friends will toast Dangerfield’s life and career. Singer Michael Bolton has been tapped to host the event.

 Rodney Dangerfield with Ben Affleck (l) and Jay Leno (r)

Rodney Dangerfield with Ben Affleck (l) and Jay Leno (r)

Among the artifacts on display will be the black suit and red tie he wore during every Tonight Show appearance, his Grammy Award for 1980 comedy album No Respect and the gopher puppet fromCaddyshack, on loan from producer Jon Peters. Pages and pages of Dangerfield’s handwritten jokes will also be on display.

Joan Dangerfield, the comedian’s widow — he died in 2004 at age 82 — who keeps several bottles of his sweat in her refrigerator, says she hopes fans will learn just how hard he worked to make them laugh.

“He was always writing,” she says. “Always thinking of something that might be funny, and working and reworking it to perfection.”

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Respect at Last: College Creates Rodney Dangerfield Institute for the Study of Comedy

On Saturday, May 17, Manhattanville College will announce the establishment of The Rodney Dangerfield Institute for the Study of Comedy, while the comedian, who died in 2004, will also be awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate.

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Manhattanville College was founded in 1841 and was originally an all-girls school, which Joan Dangerfield, Rodney’s widow, feels would have certainly delighted her late husband. The college changed its status to “co-ed” in the late 1960s.

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The Dangerfield Institute plans to offer special scholarships, along with the development of a “Dangerfield Archive” to catalog and study Rodney’s body of comedic work.

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Saturday Night Live host Seth Meyers features Rod Dangerfield joke.

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Tech Tuesday: A Local Website Paying Homage to Comedian Rodney Dangerfield

Joan Dangerfield, widow of comedian Rodney Dangerfield, has long envisioned a website that pays homage to his comedic accomplishments. With that in mind, Joan turned to Shine United for the planning, design, and launch of the website.

Joan Dangerfield, widow of comedian Rodney Dangerfield, has long envisioned a website that pays homage to his comedic accomplishments. With that in mind, Joan turned to Shine United for the planning, design, and launch of the website. The site features exclusive content from Rodney’s personal archive – from handwritten performance notes to audio of his most recognized one-liners and jokes. “His comedy was the unveiling of the great mysteries behind the common man in the everyday world,” says Joan. “He was an idealist, not simply a character but a champion of the downtrodden, and his success was proof of his theory that every man believes himself to be the underdog. Everyone laughed, because everyone identified.” To draw attention to the website, Joan is holding a sweepstakes giving away Rodney’s classic 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood. Visitors can enter from Nov. 22 through Jan. 31.

To view Rodney’s site, please visit: rodney.com.

 

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Check Out the New Rodney Dangerfield Website!

Joan Dangerfield, widow of the late comedy great Rodney Dangerfield, celebrated the launch of Rodney.com with “Extra.” Joan explained, “What I am hoping the website does is bring the massive quantity of humor that he created to a whole new audience.”

Joan Dangerfield, widow of the late comedy great Rodney Dangerfield, celebrated the launch of Rodney.com with “Extra.”

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Joan explained, “What I am hoping the website does is bring the massive quantity of humor that he created to a whole new audience.”

Take a look and find out how you can win Rodney’s Cadillac!

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Rodney Dangerfield’s Widow Keeps the Late Comic’s Sweat in the Fridge—Yes, You Read That Right

Rodney Dangerfield may be gone (he died in 2004), but the comic legend is certainly not forgotten. Most notably, by his wife, Joan Dangerfield, who is constantly reminded of her late husband every time she opens the refrigerator.

This might not be as bad as, say, turning Lady Gaga’s pee into perfume, but we’ll let you decide.

Rodney Dangerfield may be gone (he died in 2004), but the comic legend is certainly not forgotten. Most notably, by his wife, Joan Dangerfield, who is constantly reminded of her late husband every time she opens the refrigerator.

That’s because she has a Tupperware container that contains his…sweat!

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“I discovered that Elvis [Presley] had a handkerchief that was apparently stained with his sweat and it went for a lot of money,” Joan explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “So Rodney had a ‘Eureka’ moment. He said, ‘I sweat more than anybody!’ My sweat has to be as good as Elvis’ sweat, right?'”

She continued, “My job became the ‘sweat collector.’ I’d take a sponge and spoon and collect his sweat — about an inch at a time. I thought we could water it down, but he said, ‘No, that wouldn’t be right.'”

The couple eventually approached the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where Rodney frequently performed prior to his death at 82, about selling the perspiration in perfume-sample bottles.

“They said, no, we couldn’t offer that sweat,” Joan recalled. “They said there was an insurance issue. Rodney was crestfallen.”

And while the fluid normally stays in the Tupperware container, Joan, 60, reveals that she will transfer the sweat to a crystal decanter on special occasions.

“It means a lot to me,” she said. “I do know how hard he worked to make people laugh.”

True, but…

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Rodney Dangerfield Website Unveiled On His 92nd Birthday

Rodney Dangerfield kept us all laughing for decades with his self-deprecating brand of humor; when he died in 2004, fans mourned the loss of one of the pioneers of comedy, and his wife Joan knew then that she wanted to put together something to honor him

By Amanda Crum – WebProNews

Rodney Dangerfield kept us all laughing for decades with his self-deprecating brand of humor; when he died in 2004, fans mourned the loss of one of the pioneers of comedy, and his wife Joan knew then that she wanted to put together something to honor him.

Cut to 2013, on what would have been Dangerfield’s 92nd birthday; Joan has unveiled a new website chock-full of photos, videos, interviews, handwritten notes, and other material that has been stashed away in her archives until now. The site, Rodney.com, took several years to get just right. 60-year old Joan has made it a labor of love, turning it into a gigantic memoir that all his fans can enjoy.

The couple met in the early ’80s when she was working in a flower shop, and married in 1993. From then on, the two were inseparable and remained dedicated to one another over the years. Joan says she even has a jar full of her late husband’s sweat, something some might be put off by; she says it was just another joke to Rodney.

“I discovered that Elvis had a handkerchief that was apparently stained with his sweat and it went for a lot of money,” Joan said. “So Rodney had a ‘eureka’ moment. He said, ‘I sweat more than anybody! My sweat has to be as good as Elvis’ sweat, right?’ It means a lot to me. I do know how hard he worked to make people laugh.”

Of her husband, Joan says, “Known chiefly for his no-respect persona, Rodney was the Socrates of our time. His comedy was the unveiling of the great mysteries behind the common man in the everyday world. He was an idealist, not simply a character but a champion of the downtrodden, and his success was proof of his theory that every man believes himself to be the underdog. Everyone laughed, because everyone identified. Getting no respect was not only his tag line, but his hypothesis.”

 

Chuck Lorre, Steve Tisch, William Friedkin Honored at UCLA Visionary Ball

There’s no doubt that there was some seriously smart company at the UCLA Visionary Ball benefiting the university’s department of neurosurgery Oct. 25 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills…The last award of the evening went to Lorre, who received the 2013 Rodney Respect Award, presented by Bob Newhart…Joan Dangerfield, spoke about the award on behalf of her late husband, and how he was afraid he wouldn’t be funny anymore after undergoing brain surgery

By Alex Stedman – Variety

There’s no doubt that there was some seriously smart company at the UCLA Visionary Ball benefiting the university’s department of neurosurgery Oct. 25 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, but MC and comedian Larry Miller had a request that may have been too hefty even for the trained brain surgery professionals.

“Can you do something about the brains in Washington?” he asked the surgeons.

The star-studded ball honored Steve Tisch, William Friedkin, Chuck Lorre, Rabbi David Wolpe and Dr. Richard Merkin at the gala, hosted by UCLA neurosurgery chairman Neil Martin.

Martin presented a demonstration of the importance of nerves in the brain. “These neurons in the human brain represent our best hope to conquer hunger and war and disease and heal the environment, all the things that human brain is going to have to do for us,” he explained, then joked about LA’s notorious traffic on a popular freeway.  “Maybe even stop gridlock on the 405.”

Director James Burrows took the stage to pay tribute to Wolpe, who was receiving the 2013 Courage Award. Wolpe underwent brain surgery for a benign brain tumor.

Burrows was sure to take the time to joke about his Rabbi before presenting him with the award.

“What do you do when your Rabbi’s name comes up on your caller ID?” he asked. “You run through your sins, your transgressions, and more importantly, your donations.”

He later asked if that would count as a donation, and when Wolpe accepted his award, he assured him it would. Though he joked that he was receiving the “I didn’t die” award, he was serious about the subject for which he was receiving it: courage.

“Here’s what I want to tell you about courage,” he told the audience. “It’s not the assurance that everything will be well, because sometimes, things are not well. It’s the assurance that whatever happens, you will be strong enough to handle it.”

Before Tisch was awarded the 2013 Visionary Award, clips from some of his films, such as “Forrest Gump,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “The Weather Man,” rolled for the crowd. Friedkin wasn’t offered the same kind of tribute when he was awarded with the 2013 Visionary Icon Award, but he figured that was due to the nature of much of his work, including R-rated “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist.”

“I was going to run some of my own film clips as Steve did, but they’re all X-rated,” he joked. “Just search your memory for some of the stuff that when on, and I think you’ll get it.”

The last award of the evening went to Lorre, who received the 2013 Rodney Respect Award, presented by Bob Newhart. The Rodney Respect Award is named in honor of comedian Rodney Dangerfield and his trademark “no respect” joke. He died in 2004, and was treated at UCLA before his passing.

His widow, Joan Dangerfield, spoke about the award on behalf of her late husband, and how he was afraid he wouldn’t be funny anymore after undergoing brain surgery.

“He said, ‘Honey, if I wasn’t in show business, I don’t know what I’d do,” she recalled Rodney saying. “’I’m too jealous to be your pimp.’”

Lorre continued the laughs when accepting his award. He joked that the show made him wish he had brain surgery, as the people who have “seem so happy after it,” and ended the show with a tongue-in-check prayer for brain surgeons.

“God, thank you for bringing surgeons. Please look after them. Guide their laser scalpels as they repair aneurysms, remove tumors and generally fix up your shoddy workmanship,” he said to a laughing crowd. “And most importantly, God, please see that they’re paid extraordinary amounts of money so they’re not burning with resentment while operating on the brains of middle-aged, college dropout sitcom writers who, quite unjustly, make so much more money than they do.”

Attendees were also treated to musical performances by Brad Carter and Randy Newman.

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TV & Film’s most creative minds were honored tonight in Beverly Hills. The Beverly Wilshire played hot to UCLA’s 2013 Visionary Ball. The event also served as a fund raiser for research in the field of neurosciences

TV & Film’s most creative minds were honored tonight in Beverly Hills.  The Beverly Wilshire played hot to UCLA’s 2013 Visionary Ball.  The event also served as a fund raiser for research in the field of neurosciences.