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Rodney Dangerfield at the Top of His Game (1980)

November 4, 2019

(crowd clapping and cheering) – What a crowd, what a crowd. Thank you very much. I tell ya, I’m all right now. But last week I was a
rough shake, ya know. I mean last week I bought
a whirlpool for my bath so far I lost three of my best ships. (audience laughs) Are you kiddin’, last
week nothin’ went right. I bought a waterbed, there were two Cuban guys swimmin’ in it lookin’ for Florida. (audience laughs) I tell ya people are nuts ya know. My dentist too, another beauty. My dentist, he found a
way to hide his bad breath he holds up his arms. (audience laughs) I tell ya all I meet is wise guys. I checked into a hotel, I asked the bellhop to handle my bag. He started to feel up my wife. (audience laughs) I said to him, I said hey buddy who told
you you could play around with my wife? He said everybody. (audience laughs) I tell ya, my wife I
can never relax ya know. I told her our kid is spoiled. She told me a lot of kids smell that way. (audience laughs) She’s a lousy cook too. She can’t cook at all. I leave dental floss in the kitchen, the roaches hang themselves. ( audience laughs) My wife she don’t go for me either and I’m not a good lookin’ guy. Halloween I open the front door, kids give me candy. (audience laughs) Are you kiddin’, I know I’m ugly. My dog found out we look
alike, he killed himself. (audience laughs) I was an ugly kid too. My old man took me to the zoo. The old guy at the gate
thanked him for returning me. (audience laughs) I was a very ugly kid. Every time my old man wanted sex, my mother showed him my picture. (audience laughs) I was a very ugly kid. In my sandbox, the cat kept covering me
up all the time ya know. (audience laughs) When I was a kid nobody was nice. I was six years old I found out there’s no such thing as Alpo baby food. (audience laughs) I mean nobody was nice. My mother never breast fed me. She told me she liked me as a friend. (audience laughs) I mean I had it rough. I told my old man I’m sick and tired of running around in circles. He got mad. He nailed down my other foot. (audience laughs) I mean that’s the story of my life. No respect. I don’t get no respect
at all are you kiddin’? It’s not easy, it’s not
easy are you kiddin’. No respect at all. When I was born the doctor told my mother I did all I could but he
pulled through anyway ya know. (audience laughs) I don’t get no respect from anyone. Well last week my house was on fire. My wife told the kids be
quiet you’ll wake up daddy. (audience laughs) A little bit of Hollywood. That’s my spot. Okay I’ll see ya now. The music, the music it’s beautiful.` (tonight show theme music) (audience cheering) Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Hey I’ll do a few more minutes. – Yeah. (audience cheering) – How you doing? Oh this way. – Good to see you whatever. – How ya doing? All right? – I’m doing fine. – Good, good, good. – Haven’t seen you for a while. – I’ve been around. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – I’ve been keepin’ busy. Been
running around a little bit. I’ll be back in New
York tomorrow at my club for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. And I’ll be in the Riviera
Hotel July 31st for a week. I’m going out to Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Carlton West, I’ll be over there. And uh, Wisconsin. It’s nice out there ya know. Ya got Nebraska’s nice. Midwest is nice ya know. – You like the midwest, huh? – Yeah wish I came from
midwest sometimes ya know. I’d live in a nice small
adjusted towns ya know. With a wooden frame house, with a screen door in back of the kitchen. My brother and sister
were Maryanne and Biff. (audience laughs) (Johnny laughs) – Dad was vice president of the bank worked there for 30 years. Very adjusted man dad. Never smokes, drinks, or gambles ya know. Then you read about these guys. One day they pick up an ax
and wipe out the whole family. (audience laughs) Next thing the cops come around what happened here,
what kind of man was he? He was a quiet man. But I’ve been bouncing around a lot been pluggin’ my album. I’ve got a new album out No Respect – That’s your album is it? – It’s going real good. It’s in the charts, a
bullet whatever that means. And did you hold up the backside too? You show ’em the back. Yeah that’s a cute little thing there. – Now you understand about no respect. – You see that. (audience laughs) – I get no respect here
in California either I tell ya that. – Really? – Yeah, I got stuck the other day. I wanted to go sightseeing. They took me on a tour of
all the extras’ houses. (audience laughs) But that’s on definitely isn’t it. – Oh yeah definitely. (audience laughs) – No but I’ve been running
around and gaining weight back Johnny, you know what I mean. – Really? – Oh you don’t eat properly on the road. You’re running around all the time. And it’s tough to lose weight
when you’re all jumpin’ around a bit ya know. But I was much heavier, I was fat. Are you kidding. I was so fat when I got my shoes shined I had to take the guy’s word for it. I was fat, I’ll tell ya that. (audience laughs) I’ve been out with some fat girls too. One girl she was so fat
she got on the scale and a card came out and
said one at at time ya know. (audience laughs) She was fat. – That is a big girl. – I remember how we met.
I hit here with my car. She said to me, why
didn’t ya go around me. I told her I didn’t
think I had enough gas. (audience laughs) She was a wild girl I tell ya. Ooh a very wild girl. You kiddin’. She made me French toast, her tongue got caught in the toaster. She was a wild girl. (audience laughs) No but I tell ya too
skinny is no good either. No good to be too skinny. A guy died on my block last week. Was he skinny, ooh. – Skinny, yeah? – He was so skinny the
funeral had one pall bearer, a waiter. (audience laughs) No but skinny is better than fat. I’ll tell ya that. Better for your health. That’s what’s important your health. Oh are you kiddin’. I’m not a kid anymore,
I’m getting’ old now. And I know I’m gettin’ old. I’m at the age now if I
hear someone goes both ways, I figure it’s number one
and number two ya know. (audience laughs) Take care of my health. I tell ya in fact I saw
my doctor last week. Doctor Vinnie Boombatz. – Vinnie Boombatz – I saw him last week. Had a little check up. I asked him if my heart was
strong enough for sex ya know, he told me not if I join in. (audience laughs) I tell ya Johnny it’s tough to be funny when you’re coming off drugs. I’ll tell ya. (audience cheers) Tough, I’ll tell ya, tough Johnny. I tell you though Johnny the
first time I tried Marijuana, I had a wonderful experience. I actually had a wonderful
sexual experience. – Really? – I wish there had been someone
there to enjoy it with me. That’s all ya know. (audience laughs) No I was a kid Johnny. You do crazy things when
you’re a kid ya know. I was a very green kid too. Very green kid. Remember the first time
I had sex with a girl I was so confused I
didn’t know what to do. I dialed 555-1212. (audience laughs) I wish I was gay, I’d
make it with Steve Martin. (audience laughs) Actually he’s my second choice. (audience laughs) No offense. – All right. – And uh, so quiet I feel
like EF Hutton just spoke. (audience laughs) Have a cigarette, okay? You don’t mind do ya? – You should give that up. – I got a crazy doctor
told me to keep smoking if I wanna stop chewing gum. So what the heck. (audience laughs) How long do you expect to be in Shanghai? (audience laughs) – You wanna talk about your movie? – Oh yeah, the movie come out. It was a big movie, big movie. It’s a 843 pages. No it’s a movie called Caddyshack. Fellas wrote Animal House wrote it. It opens Friday around the whole country and it’s doing real
good, everyone likes it. – I hear you’re very funny in it. – Yeah it came out real good. It was a good part. And I played a part of
a nouveau ignacioramous who invades nice sensitive country club and I don’t belong in that country club and Ted Knight is, he and I don’t get a long at
all in the movie you know. It was a good movie. Chevy Chase is in it and Bill Murray, and a lot of nice people. Actually it’s a low budget movie. Went to location by subway. (audience laughs) – We have a film clip. – Oh yeah we have a film clip too. – I just said that. – Hey I’m in the movies. – Can we take a look at it? – Okay we’ll see what happens. This is the opening
where I make my entrance. In this movie in the country club. – This is from Caddyshack. – Caddyshack. (bugle horn) – Hey kid, park my car. Get my bags, and put on some weight will ya? Hey Wang what’s with the pictures? It’s the parking lot come on will ya. I think this place is restricted Wang so don’t tell ’em you’re Jewish. Okay? Fine. Hey kid I’m Al Czervik I’m playing with Drew Scott today. This is my guest Mr. Wang, no offense. Oh give me a half dozen
of those Vulcan D10s and set my friend up here
with the whole smear. Ya know, clubs, bags,
shoes, gloves, shirt, pants. Don’t make the pants too tight you’ll hurt his fortune cookie. Oh by the way, want one of those things that
tell you how far you are? – Mr. Czervik sorry I didn’t see you sir. – Oh how are ya sure, hey orange balls. I’ll have a box of those. Give me a box of those naked lady tees and give me two of those, give me six of those. Hey I’ll buy out the joint
Wang stop me will ya. Oh this is the worst
lookin’ hat I ever saw. You buy a hat like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup huh. Oh it looks good on you though. (laughter) (audience claps) – Personal foul. – Thank you very much. The movie is longer than that really. – Right. Is this your first picture? – No I made a movie years
ago called The Projectionist and it never got out of
the projection booth. – I remember that picture now. – It’s around, you remember that? – Yeah. – You’re the one who saw it. – It did not do well in the box office. – It was big in Paris believe it or not. With French titles. That was the end of that movie I guess. It’s around still I guess. – You gonna make some more pictures? – Well I’ve had numerous offers. I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I like live entertainment. Ya know what I mean. Movies are a director’s
medium really, you know. But I was brought up in clubs ya know like Dominics Black and Blue Room, Theresa’s Fun House, Where you have to really go at it live. Carmine’s Cave all those
nice places you know. Where you would get an immediate feedback. – Reggie’s Ravioli Room? All of those – Reggie’s Ravioli Room. Hey you do these things pretty good. You’re all right ya know. – Let me do this. We’ll be right back with Arnold Dvoracek


  • Reply Gary Solorzano August 22, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    One night I was drunk and got into a cab. I told the driver, take me somewhere where I can get laid for free…

    He took me to my house!

  • Reply derek poole August 22, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Ended up with a lot of respect

  • Reply Jaime Alonzo August 23, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Fat girl: why didnt you drive around me?
    Rodney: i didn't have enough gas!

  • Reply bobTom37 August 23, 2019 at 4:58 am

    I wana know what he did for the first 50 years of his life

  • Reply Joe Home August 23, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I told my dad I wanted to be a comedian when I grew up. And he said " You, a comedian? don't make me laugh"

  • Reply Kelly L. August 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Today, the 'progressives' would freak over the Cuban guys joke

  • Reply Walter Hall August 24, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    my balls itch…

  • Reply nadamasdisponible August 25, 2019 at 4:13 am

    In a weird way he reminds me of Andrew Dice Clay

  • Reply arrowwolfz August 26, 2019 at 2:42 am

    He couldn't get away with the Cuban joke today.

  • Reply Johny Blitz August 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I tell ya, I’m allright now

  • Reply Jesse Rothbeind August 27, 2019 at 5:46 am

    King of the one-liners!!!

  • Reply Mircea A August 28, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I'm sick and tired of going around in circles then my father nailed down my other foot.

  • Reply Iamfrosted August 29, 2019 at 1:43 am

    “The other day I got into a taxi. I told the driver to take me where the loose women are.”

    “……he took me to my house!”

  • Reply Bob Cowles Jr August 29, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Today was a beauty. I put on my shirt a button fell off. I grabbed my brief case the handle fell off. I'm afraid to use the bathroom

  • Reply PasswordBosco August 31, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    " I told the bartender to surprise me. He showed me a naked picture of my wife"… 😉

  • Reply Extensive Enterprises August 31, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Say that Caddyshack looks good. Can't wait to see it.

  • Reply KFC Fat Man September 1, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Love dangerfield what a dude

  • Reply Matt Adams September 2, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Jeez, I miss public smoking (I'm not kidding BTW)

  • Reply Ironic Irony September 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm


  • Reply Laid Back September 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    For a slim guy he sure has a fat looking face.

  • Reply SARA September 6, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Mr Dangerfield had beautiful eyes… wonderful comedian RIP

  • Reply SARA September 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Those fat jokes wouldn't fly today…screw the PC culture

  • Reply Lung Dong September 6, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    The Greatest

  • Reply Slippy Jones September 7, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Rodney was the funniest guy EVER!!! I was born in 1982. This footage has me in tears at 37.

  • Reply Richard Low September 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    He's great as grampa lucifer in little nicky.

  • Reply Ricardo Carrera September 9, 2019 at 4:22 am

    I met RODNEY at the intersection of santa Monica and Wilshire picking his nose in a Lincoln town car . FUCKING HILARIOUS !!!

  • Reply Wes Cragg September 9, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Just saw Chappell's "Sticks and Stones" for the good reviews…his anti SJW stance was cool but his actual act was just ok. Way too few jokes mixed in with way too much political commentary and even more personal reflection. Rodney here is a real standup–he tells jokes! Real jokes, jokes that actually make people laugh.

  • Reply martin Miller September 10, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Comic genius

  • Reply droptop10001 September 10, 2019 at 5:18 am

    He is so good. Carson was awkward

  • Reply ClayZ September 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    That “it looks good on you” line to Ted Knight is my favorite line in Caddy Shack.

  • Reply Jared Hanamaikai September 14, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Dead satanist

  • Reply John Luke September 14, 2019 at 1:41 am

    I said i tripped and he said go fall.

  • Reply Adam Myford September 15, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Carson had it easy that night. Rodney did all the work🤗

  • Reply rusty shakelferg September 16, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Hey ohhhh

  • Reply Nico G September 17, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Jc Penney

  • Reply Anthony Deveno September 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    No respect at all

  • Reply Jorge A. Cano September 18, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    He was the BEST!

  • Reply All Videos September 18, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Iconic voice

  • Reply All Videos September 19, 2019 at 12:01 am

    No respect at all

  • Reply All Videos September 19, 2019 at 12:10 am

    You’re alright

  • Reply Nicky Depaola September 19, 2019 at 6:20 am

    @7:16….ALL TIME CLASSIC !! …Rodney loved " blow " it was no secret !!  ( 1980 it was everywhere !!  { when I was 17, it truly was a very good year growing up in the beautiful bay area !!  The Tonight Show was " IT ! " …..also   " Caddyshack !!! "

  • Reply moncorp1 Inc September 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    F*ck I miss the 80s

  • Reply Das Boot September 21, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Pissed off that he's gone, but happy he was here for a while and best of all. I can still see him anytime l need a good laugh.

  • Reply Cindy Eckles September 22, 2019 at 6:26 am


  • Reply 619 OG September 22, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Dam and I thought I needed ritalin lol

  • Reply Cory Treverson September 23, 2019 at 3:41 am

    This guy is the embodiment of "I don't know what to do with my hands"

  • Reply KidKat * September 25, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    "It's tough to be funny when you're coming off drugs."

  • Reply I'mMaryPoppinsY'all September 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Hedburg is Dangerfield's hippy son.

  • Reply Peter Gardner September 26, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Hes the best

  • Reply Trainboy45 Productions 2019 September 26, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    "I can't believe it! I'm losing to a rug!"

  • Reply AAABLETTT September 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    That Caddy Shack bit was like a 12” version.

  • Reply Damien Schafer September 29, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Remember when comedy used to be good?

  • Reply Tandem Nation September 29, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Who remembers when you use to think ed was Egg Mcman

  • Reply Fit Lane Fitness October 2, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Ahaha pun after pun

  • Reply Jetstoanywhere October 2, 2019 at 3:30 am

    we miss you Mr. Dangerfield

  • Reply LeftoverCrass FPV October 6, 2019 at 11:01 am

    "I think this place is restricted so don't tell them you're Jewish"

  • Reply Ralph Bucci October 6, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Guy was a classic!!

  • Reply tomblah October 7, 2019 at 10:42 am

    4:43 "soooo…was this interview a good idea?"

  • Reply notmyrealname October 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Ahhh. When a joke was a joke and people knew it. Nothing in this video would pass today

  • Reply wyllyam johnson October 9, 2019 at 6:13 am

    A true legend!

  • Reply VypaUK October 9, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Genius, so many of his jokes would be equally fresh if first told today:
    "My dog found out we looked alike, he killed himself"

  • Reply Ivan Hud October 9, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Have they done a movie about Rodney Dangerfield we need a movie we need a movie about his life

  • Reply stu booth October 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Drinking game. The tie touching…..

  • Reply Chalres Kirkland October 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Undisputed king of the one liners.

  • Reply Torgo1969 October 13, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Rodney absolutely killed in the 1980s. Between Caddyshack and Easy Money and Back to School, he really emerged as a Leading Man. And finally got some Respect!

  • Reply The Golf Life October 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I wonder if they knew at the time how legendary Caddyshack would become…

  • Reply Word to the Wise Podcast October 13, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    When Rodney was born, he immediately said "Hey, it's great to be here! What an audience! Hey, doc, tell my mother to put me back in I got a card game still goin'!"

  • Reply Maxie Pattie October 14, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Weird Al shout out @5:54 "FAT" " …shoe shine take their word.. because I'm fat!

  • Reply m g October 15, 2019 at 6:34 am


  • Reply y tho? October 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Somebody please! Get this man a tight tie…

  • Reply Rene Seguin October 16, 2019 at 9:34 am

    With this new Woke culture, and some of his jokes. I have to wonder how his career would fair.

  • Reply neck beard October 16, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    he can’t stop moving.

  • Reply Andrew Cameron October 18, 2019 at 9:59 am

    What a brain! Machine gun delivery. Pinball links of thought. Sorely missed force of nature.

  • Reply Sunlight70 October 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    He-ey, you're all right!

  • Reply Stefen Echols October 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Wow he's plugging Caddyshack this is awesome!

  • Reply stripervince1 October 19, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Saw him and Joe pesce when they were filming easy money on staten Island in 1981, they crashed the van into the bowling alley wall were all of us hung out. Took a week to film a one minute scene

  • Reply Erik Anthony October 19, 2019 at 5:11 am

    He wasn’t joking when he said the jokes get harder when you’re coming off of drugs. A true master.

  • Reply m3 talent agency October 19, 2019 at 8:32 am

    He don't get no respect…

  • Reply Dr. Joseph O'Donnell October 20, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    The worst thing about this clip is having to hear Carson's trained laugh-monkey Ed McMahon guffaw his way through the interview. That guy made a career out of being a phony "hanger-on" to Carson, most likely always being one step away from being kicked to the curb.

  • Reply Captain Falcon October 21, 2019 at 3:33 am

    The thing I love about Johnny interviewing Rodney is that he knows who's sitting in front of him and never tries once to upstage him. He just plays the straight man and sets him up.
    Try seeing that in today's bastardization of the Tonight Show.

  • Reply Daniel Shumway October 21, 2019 at 6:34 am

    As Colonel Potter would say, hes a pistol! Fastest comedian in the west! West Portland! I don't get no respect! My wife said it's time for sex. Then she took a flight to Vegas to see Wayne Newton!! Love you Rodney, RIP, make em laugh in heaven!!

  • Reply Kapitaj October 21, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Why is this supposed do be funny yet so sad at the same time. Its like he's telling a story

  • Reply QuIgYx October 22, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Holy shit. The guy is clearly coked out but man does he have charisma. The interviewer doesn’t need to say anything, Rodney can carry a 1 sided interview….

  • Reply Alphabet Soup October 22, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Somebody step on a duck?! 🥣

  • Reply Richard Bain October 22, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    “I tell ya, when things go wrong in the apartment, I get no help from the superintendent. He won't fix a thing. Last week, I tried to trick him. I said, ‘Come on up, we're having a party.’ He said, ‘Should I bring something?’ I said, ‘Yeah, a wrench and your galoshes.’”

  • Reply Daniel Moore October 23, 2019 at 2:34 am

    "You buy a hat like this you get a free bowl of soup."

    That's the funniest line in movie history.

  • Reply Bjarke Stemann October 23, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I was tired of running in circles, so he nailed my other foot too

  • Reply Rod P October 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Love CADDYSHACK, an all time classic along with Back to School. One of the best delivery artists in history… Love ya Rodney

  • Reply Constable Dodo October 25, 2019 at 6:54 am

    This guy gets no respect I tell ya.

  • Reply Jack Ridge October 25, 2019 at 8:14 am

    both ways? number 1 and number 2? lol

  • Reply [email protected] October 25, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Why did 522 dislikes stay long enough to push the dislike function?

  • Reply Stephen Hosmer October 25, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Numbero uno !

  • Reply JX VX October 26, 2019 at 11:27 am

    There are so many different types of stand up comedy. This guy is on another planet, the best.

  • Reply Kat F October 26, 2019 at 12:34 pm


  • Reply Zilueta October 27, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Rodney Dangerfield, Beast Mode!

  • Reply Righteous Indignation October 27, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The bartender said, "Hey, buddy. You got any naked pictures of your wife? No? Want to buy some?"

  • Reply Christopher Adamson October 30, 2019 at 1:36 am

    How tall is Ed?

  • Reply JASON WARDY November 2, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Iconic. Miss ya Rodney. RIP to a legend

  • Reply Marco Evens November 2, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Number of likes equals how many times Rodney tried loosening his tie
    Go ⬇️

  • Reply BNL November 3, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Carson had so much class….!!
    Wish HollyWeird would showcase folks like him….

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