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During the later years of his life Rodney Dangerfield told this joke: " I'm at the age where I want two girls. In case I fall asleep they will have someone to talk to ".
lol -- good one!
I always wondered how happy Rodney was. I know the schlub persona was an act, but what was behind it. I like to believe he was happy. Any opinions?
I'd have liked to believe that too, but unfortunatey, no, he wasn't.
I'd heard other comics talk about his having been unhappy and combative, and he was known for his womanizing and for doing drugs. You got me curious, so I just now sampled part of his autobiography, where it's all laid out.
He wrote that he had "an odd childhood," with an absent father and a cold mother, and he'd witnessed a lot of violence when he was very young. It took him 20 years to become successful as a comedian. He spent the '70's doing huge amounts of cocaine, but marijuana was his drug of choice, and shortly before he died at 82, he said he'd been smoking pot "for 60 years."
Not all famous comedians have unhappy personal lives, but, if you consider the odds ...
That reminds me of the Damon Runyon line: "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet." ;-)
--- Thanks for the new posts.
Also he didn't get no respect at all. As a little kid his mother had to tie a pork-chop around his neck just to get the dog to play with him ( oh there will never be another Rodney lol ).
Here's the link to a Carol Burnett skit with a similar punchline. (The crucial setup starts at minute 5.0, and the real punchline comes from Tim Conway at minute 6.5. Enjoy...)
The French poet, Baudelaire, believed that a great artist could not be a happy person.
Well, on the surface it sounds pretty plausible ... but then, maybe, he himself was not "a happy person," so he just said that to convince everybody that this meant he was a great artist! Did you ever think of That?! (Those old French guys could be pretty tricky....)
yes, vanity is always a possible motive when statements like these are made. self depricating remarks could be used in a self aggrandizing way.
I am so bad about that, ep! I'm always making these self-referential remarks that may sound like I'm being self-deprecating when I'm really just being self-congratulatry! Why don't I stop doing that? No self-discpline.
Thanks for the new posts.
Some good advice from Dennis Healy: " First law on holes - when you're in one, stop digging ".
If only I'd known that that last week.
Especially if there is a slab of granite with your name and birth date next to it.
I've had some serious health problems as have some of my family and friends. It's an absurdly obvious and simple obsevation that 3 of us made, 2 of us now gone, that you just have to keep moving. Some days putting one foot in front of the other is a victory.
"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." - Satchel Paige
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