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The Rodney Dangerfield Special: I Can't Take It No More (1983)

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


Walter C. Miller


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Cast overview:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Himself / Various
Robert Urich ... Himself / Various
Donna Dixon ... Herself / Various
Andy Kaufman ... Himself / Various / Dr. Vinnie Boombatz
Harold Ramis ... Himself / Various
Angie Dickinson ... Herself / Various
Bernadette Birkett ... Various
Dennis Blair Dennis Blair ... Various
Billy Holms Billy Holms ... Various
Anna Mathias ... Various
Jon Smet Jon Smet ... Various
Lucy Webb ... Various
Paul Willson ... Various


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

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Release Date:

29 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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Paper Clip Productions See more »
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Color (NTSC Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the segment spoofing Flashdance entitled "Flashpants" Rodney pours a bucket of water on his head while on stage and becomes dripping wet, but in the next shot where he is off stage he is completely dry. See more »

Crazy Credits

Since Rodney Dangerfield worked with Andy Kaufman in this special, Dangerfield founded Jim Carrey who went on to play Kaufman in Man on the Moon See more »


Spoofs Flashdance (1983) See more »


Rappin' Rodney
Performed by Rodney Dangerfield
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I love Rodney Dangerfield's act...too bad ABC thought they needed more!
26 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a made for TV special from ABC and I found it on YouTube. I was excited to watch it, as Rodney Dangerfield was a very fun comic. However, too often the writers felt they needed lots of celebrity guest appearances and story...and as a result, the best thing about Dangerfield is de-emphasized..his great stand-up routine. When he does do stand-up, the show is great. When he is stuck in silly plots, the routines seem to go on way too long....cute ideas handled very poorly--such as the parody of FLASHDANCE, a horribly unfunny restaurant skit and Rodney's threat to kill himself when the show began...all subjected to an annoying and obviously fake laughtrack. Funny ideas (except for the restaurant) completely mishandled. BUT, when he just stood there and stopped acting but told jokes, he was hilarious. A couple great jokes:

"My wife was afraid of the dark. She then saw me naked...and she's afraid of the light as well."

"For Halloween my wife dressed the kids up as me."

So is it worth seeing? Well, the show has its moments and overall is worth seeing...but still, quite the disappointment due to ham-handed direction and writing. My advice is to look for one of his stand-up only shows...they are amazingly funny and stand the test of time. And, whether you like it or not, his Grammy-winning song "Rapping Rodney" is performed during this show.

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