“Rodney Dangerfield comes out swinging during his first television special on ABC.
0:29 “Last week I told my wife a man is like wine, he gets better with age. She locked me in the cellar.”
2:16 “I joined Gamblers Anonymous. They gave me two-to-one I don’t make it.”
3:00 “I tell ya, it’s not easy bein’ me. Well, last week my house was on fire. My wife told the kids, ‘Be quiet. You’ll wake up Daddy.’”
“It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me” originally aired May 12, 1982. The full hour-long special features sketches with Bill Murray, Valerie Perrine and even a special rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
From Rodney Dangerfield
Let’s imagine that Rodney Dangerfield’s wife is exactly as he says she is during his monologues and that he’s not just joking around about her. And while we’re doing that, let’s also imagine that all the snow that Minneapolis is supposed to get next January, went to Los Angeles instead and as a result Minneapolis doesn’t get any snow next January. Actually, they get a heat wave instead, while Los Angeles is cancelling school days, because they have too much snow on the ground: since we’re imaging here.
So Mrs. Dangerfield is so stupid that she forgets her own phone number, misspells her own name, gets lost in her own bathroom, parks her car at the wrong house, etc, she’s basically idiot who has to cheat to pass an IQ test, then what the hell is Mr. Dangerous Rodney Dangerfield doing with her? As he says in his act, his wife is a moron, his kids don’t like him, I mean if his own kids don’t like him, maybe he has an actual point about no respect.
I wonder if Rodney Dangerfield’s wife was in on his wife and bit and no respect routine and maybe was actually purposely feeding him material (which perhaps tasted better than her cooking) and this is how the Dangerfield’s got along. His wife and kids give him great material to work with and then he uses it and as a result he’s very successful and makes a lot of money for himself and his family.