Rodney Dangerfield


The Kaizen Krew takes on the legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield. As a comic that worked before and after the 80's comic boom, Dangerfield owned the stage. Working since the 60s, he has multiple albums, lightning fast quips and gave many in modern comedy their big breaks. 

Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22nd, 1921. He got an early start in comedy at age 15, writing for comedians in Ellenville, NY at a resort. At age 19 he changed his name for the first time, Jack Roy, and shortly afterwards took a break from comedy for nearly a decade in order to take work to support his family. Later, when returning to showbiz he took the name Rodney Dangerfield and got his break on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 as a last minute surprise guest. From there he became a household name with his catchphrase / punchline : "I Get No Respect. "

In August of 2004, Dangerfield was admitted to the hospital for heart surgery. On his way into the hospital, he was quoted on how long he planned on being in the hospital "If all goes well, about a week. If not, about an hour and a half." On October 5th, 2004 after spending weeks in a coma after surgery, Dangerfield passed. On his tombstone it reads: Rodney Dangerfield... There goes the neighborhood.

Shafi, Cody and Ryan take a look at some of Dangerfield's best material and why it still punches just as hard today as it did in it's prime. Though Rodney is gone from the mortal coil, his comedy lives on.