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Respecting Rodney, A Comedy Show Tribute to Rodney Dangerfield, Collinsville, CT
Fri, October 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15
“Respecting Rodney”, A Comedy Show Tribute to Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield is as important now as he was when he was alive. Not only is he still one of the most influential comedians who defines to many what an “American comedian” is, but he also unselfishly launched so many giants in the industry such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Robert Townsend, Jeff Foxworthy, Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks, Rita Rudner, Andrew Dice Clay, Louie Anderson, Dom Irrera and Bob Saget, while still influencing young comics today including Mark Riccadonna and Jay Sutay. Mark and Jay have become friends over the years and bonded heavily over their love for Rodney.
Mark a comedian, writer, and director who loves Rodney from his stand up to his film performances, says that he is still influenced heavily by Dangerfield and his persona. Jay, a pediatrician by day, and comedian at night, has been a fan of Rodney since the mid-seventies. As a tribute, Jay’s one-year old puppy is named Rodney.
Just a brief bio for anyone who is unfamiliar with this iconic comedian. Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921, in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. At the age of 15, he began to write for stand-up comedians, and he himself began to perform at the age of 19 under the name Jack Roy, He struggled for years, and then he stopped performing stand up to sell aluminum siding. He later said that he was so little known then that “at the time I quit, I was the only one who knew I quit!” On Sunday, March 5, 1967, he got his big break. The Ed Sullivan Show needed a last-minute replacement for another act, and this is where he became “Rodney Dangerfield”.
In 1969, Rodney, and friend Anthony Bevacqua opened “Dangerfield’s Comedy Club” in NYC. Rodney now had a venue in which the fans could come to him instead of him traveling around the world to see them. Dangerfield’s was the spot where Rodney shot several of his amazingly popular Young Comedians Specials for HBO. Rodney’s East Side comedy club, which is still open and running today, is the longest continuously running comedy club in the world.
The 80’s were big for Rodney, he not only had a hit Album “Rappin’ Rodney” but launched his acting career with the smash hits “Caddyshack”, “Easy Money”, and “Back to School”. Rodney is credited as an actor on IMDB in 37 Roles, writer on 19 projects and 70 appearances on The Tonight Show (last appearance was his 81st Birthday).
He was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, which put one of his trademark white shirts and red ties on display. When he handed the shirt to the museum’s curator, Rodney joked, “I have a feeling you’re going to use it to clean Lindbergh’s plane.”
In 1993, Rodney married the love of his life Joan Child. Joan described Rodney as a “Classy gentleman, sensitive and intelligent”. On October 5, 2004, Rodney Dangerfield passed away, at the age of 82, leaving an indelible mark on the comedy landscape.
On Friday, October 13, 2017, we pay tribute, and give well-deserved “respect”, to the man who made “No Respect” the most respected line in comedy, Rodney Dangerfield. Jay Sutay and Mark Riccadonna, who constantly argue who is the biggest Rodney fan in comedy, get their pals together and toast (not roast) Rodney. Together, they present “Respecting Rodney”, A Comedy Show Tribute to Rodney Dangerfield, in Collinsville at Bridge Street Live (41 Bridge St., Collinsville, CT). For reservations, call 860 693 9762 or visit 41bridgestreet.com.