The king of the one liners gets all the respect he deserves when Comedy Central honors the life of a genuine pioneer of comedy himself, Rodney Dangerfield. Legends: Rodney Dangerfield premieres Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 p.m.
Dangerfield is a true comedy star and Legends is Comedy Central's way of celebrating his life. Best known for his trademark "I don't get no respect," Dangerfield continues to this day to receive nothing but that from his numerous fans and the many comedians he inspired along the way. His Legends special will feature clips from previous concerts, appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, rare interview footage and tributes from an all-star line up of Dangerfield's comedy friends including Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Susie Essman, Jeff Foxworthy, Robert Klein, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Norm MacDonald, Anne Meara, Bill Murray, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller and many others.
Comedy Central's Legends is a new type of documentary series that takes an inside look at the legends of comedy as told through the voices of comedy insiders and those who worked with them and knew them intimately. It is a modern tribute that focuses on each legend's on-stage persona and off-stage personality, while examining how and why they ascended to the ranks of comic royalty and their influence on the modern-day comedy scene. Packed with clips of memorable performances and interviews with peers and acolytes, each individual, hour-long episode of Legends will be retain its own style and unique flavor, just like the legends themselves. What better way to kick-off the series than with legendary, comedy-icon Rodney Dangerfield.
Dangerfield was born in Babylon, New York in 1921. He began writing jokes at fifteen and started performing before he was twenty. From age nineteen until twenty-eight, he was a reasonably successful comedian known as Jack Roy but stopped performing so he could live a "normal" life as a husband and father. At forty, he decided to go back to his comedy roots, this time as Rodney Dangerfield, but found it difficult to get bookings on talk shows. However, after pressing his agent to book him on "The Ed Sullivan Show," he performed so well that he became a regular guest. Following his initial appearance, he had cemented his image as a comedian, constantly tugging at his red tie, always proclaiming he got no respect. Years later, Dangerfield opened his own comedy club aptly titled "Dangerfield's" so that he could stop traveling and stay close to home with his two young children and still perform and discover new talent. Other notable accomplishments include his Grammy Award-winning comedy album Rappin' Rodney, his stand-out roles as Al Czervik in Caddyshack and Thorton Mellon in Back to School numerous appearances on The Tonight Show and many other television and movie roles. He died on October 5, 2004 after falling into a coma following heart surgery.