An American comic icon tells the story of his secondGÇôact rise from obscurity to multimedia stardom. "e;When I was a kid,"e; writes Rodney Dangerfield, "e;I worked tough places in show businessGÇôGÇôplaces like Fonzo's Knuckle Room. Or Aldo's, formerly Vito's, formerly Nunzio's. That was a tough joint. I looked at the menu. They had broken leg of lamb."e; For once, one of America's most beloved comic icons isn't kidding. Dangerfield has seen every aspect of the entertainment industry: the roughGÇôandGÇôtumble nightclubs, the backstage gagGÇôwriting sessions, the drugs, the hookers, the lousy day jobs GÇô and the redGÇôcarpet star treatment. As he traces his route from a poor childhood on Long Island to his enshrinement as a comedy legend, he takes readers on a rollerGÇôcoaster ride through a life that has been alternately touching, sordid, funny, raunchy, and uplifting GÇô equal parts "e;Little Orphan Annie"e; and "e;Caligula."e; And unlike most celebrity autobiographers, he seems to have no qualms about delivering the unfiltered whole story, warts and all. Dangerfield's personal story is also a rollicking show business tale, full of marquee nameGÇôdroppings (Adam Sandler, Sam Kinison, Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld) and good stories about same. Defying the old saws about the fleeting nature of fame and the dearth of second acts in American life, Dangerfield transformed himself from a debtGÇôridden aluminiumGÇôsiding salesman named Jack Roy to a multimedia superstar GÇô and stayed an icon for decades. His catchphrase GÇô "e;I get no respect"e; GÇô has entered the lexicon, and he remains a visible cultural presence and perennial talkGÇôshow guest. Dangerfield's hilarious and inspiring musings should thrill comedy fans and popGÇôculture watchers, and his secondGÇôact comeback will strike a chord with readers of all stripes. Maybe he'll even get some respect.
It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime Of No Respect, But Plenty Of Sex And Drugs
A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs
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