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The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me (1982)

Rodney Dangerfield's first ABC special, featuring stand-up and sketches.

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Walter C. Miller

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Dennis Blair (special musical material), Elayne Boosler | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Himself / Various
Aretha Franklin ... Herself
Bill Murray ... Various
Valerie Perrine ... Herself / Various
Charles 'Honi' Coles Charles 'Honi' Coles ... Himself
Steven Kampmann Steven Kampmann ... Various (as Steve Kampmann)
Rex Benson Rex Benson ... Various
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Dick Tufeld ... Announcer (voice)
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Rodney Dangerfield's first ABC special, featuring stand-up and sketches.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me See more »

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Paper Clip Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Spoofs The Mikado (1939) See more »

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The Mikado
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Music and lyrics by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Rodney Dangerfield
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A Really Strange Special
18 November 2014 | by ianlueckSee all my reviews

Why is it strange? For two seasons: 1) Due to the lack of many actors, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield end up playing multiple characters. That wouldn't be so odd if they stayed in the same character for each sketch, but no, often they will switch mid-sketch.

For example, in one skit, Rodney wants to make it on Broadway as a dancer, so he auditions with a really bad dance number. Cut to the producers and directors who are watching Rodney... and who are ALSO played by Rodney! It's very surreal.

In another sketch, Rodney is the co-owner of a nightclub. Bill Murray appears multiple times, as a waiter, as a chef in the kitchen, and as Rodney's partner in business. I feel like saying, "Hey, you look familiar!", but strangely Rodney never lampshades this.

To get the idea of this, try to imagine if Saturday Night Live was only four cast members.

2) Aretha Franklin. She's a talented singer but she honestly seemed out of place this special. Yes, she sings "Respect", which is related to Rodney's catchphrase, but both times that she appears and sings, it brings the comedy to a halt.

The special's still worth a watch, because Rodney's stand-up at the beginning is gold, and he does a good job in the skits. But those two creative choices I listed above just left me bewildered.


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