Rodney Dangerfield, Marty, Falcons discussed on Stuff You Should Know


She was clearly depressed like profoundly depressed and. Sadly completely abandoned emotionally neglected little right or I guess Little Jacob. He was he was left on his own from the time he could remember his mom literally never hugged him. Once never kissed him once he swore up and down. Yeah, this never complimented him or try to build them up she. She was a bad lady and starting probably around age eight or something like that He. Realized that if he's going to eat dinner on a regular basis, he was going to have to go. Get a job and go grocery. Shopping himself right so he basically raised himself about eight or so. and. The speaking of groceries, one of the one of the great things that stuck out to him about his childhood. He was He had to get a job after after school job. Who are still in school? And he lived in a fairly wealthy neighborhood, but he was not wealthy, so we used to deliver groceries to his classmates. Home! which kind of demoralizing on July ten you know? And he also while he was out there, running around on the streets there's. He wrote an autobiography year. He died in two thousand four and. He called this chapter male prostitute. Because he was like ten, and he was so unsupervised that there were apparently at least one or two local molesters. Hey Rodney. Come on up, got a nickel for you. and. He swears up and down that it was just. It was just kissing everybody. Don't worry. The child was just kissed by the grown man for a nickel. But he and it happened a lot, and he's doing it because he needed the money, yeah. So Anyway Rodney Dangerfield. Let's fast forward out of the horrible horrible funk. By the way we're GONNA pepper in some of his jokes here and there and debated on whether or not to try and do it as him. Because, it's hi. Marty promised. Here, there, it's hard to do that. It's hard to tell. Rodney Dangerfield joke without doing him and I took a little informal poll last night with some folks and they're like You sort of have to yeah. I think so. It's not like it's a good impression, but push. It makes me delivering my. Weirdo affects where I'm not even trying it all the weirder, so prepare for that, too, but one thing that he did and that, of course a lot of comics do they turn pain into funny and he really relied on his. His jokes is a way to. I mean the only time he was happy. It was when he was on stage performing, and as soon as he laughed that heaviness would come back, but he often joked about his mom. He would say mom never breastfed me. She told me she always thought of me as a friend. Which is a funny joke, but when you know the real pain behind it, it's it's just like the saddest thing you've ever heard. Tebbit of the funniness away from it. I've got a good parent one. You're ready. Yeah, so I remember the time. This is my writing. Teams Go. I. Remember the time I was kidnapped. They sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof. That probably did not happen, but it gets the point across. And plus it's funny, and so if you were parent Joe Okay So. Tell you. My parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and radio. Funny. That's going over better than I thought it would. So certain about age fifteen starts. He realizes he's actually Kinda Hilarious, and that he has a talent for taking all of this horrible tragic stuff and turn into funny stuff. And he started writing jokes got good pretty quick. He started selling jokes, age, fifteen or sixteen to establish comedians. Yeah and he kept them. He had this Duffel bag. You would write jokes by hand is entire career. Put Him in his Duffel bag, so he literally had a Duffel bag full of like thousands and thousands of jokes and apparently I think. You said that during a typical performance later like once he hit the big time he would tell like over three hundred jokes in a set three fifty. Yeah, yeah, our granted their quick jokes still. But he he remembered them all and he wants it best. The guy was a comic genius. Hopefully, that's coming across here or will by the end of this right, so it gets his big break at age nineteen. He's written jokes for a few years, and he's GonNa. Try this out and he gets a job at a catskills resort for twelve bucks a week. Ten weeks including room and board yet dirty dancing seen very much, so yeah, but he's like the up and coming comic onstage right. Have you guys ever seen? ironman meets dirty dancing that mash up now go check it out. This to- bizarre. It's one of the things you'll ever see. There's nothing to do with Rodney Dangerfield. Add on a sickly, but so he's working. He's working hard. The Stanton catskills like he gets re up he he keeps going back to the catskills. It's one of his regular gigs, but on the on the side while he's working, he's a singing waiter at the Polish Falcons nightclub where winners yeah, we're Lenny. Bruce's mom was the MC, he was an acrobatic diver. Right, but I know what you're thinking. Triple Lindy. No he did not do the triple indy in the movie obviously. Those of you who've not seen back to school. That was an in joke, yeah. He was a diver in the movie. The competitive diver while I was GONNA punish them for not having seen it okay. Sorry. Trying to drive them appoint. So in nineteen fifty one he gets married for the first time to jazz, her name, Joyce in dig, and he had a couple of kids and move to New Jersey, which we all know that the death knell for any comedian, the trying to work in New York kind of means. You've given up. But he didn't give up just yet. He did for a minute for sure. Yeah, not not at that point though he was still trying to work. But when he turned twenty seven, he quit comedy and literally did not perform from the age of twenty eight to forty one at forty one. He was like. Let's try this again. Well his he and his wife divorced, so he's got a little more time. I think I'm going to. Try, comedy again. They actually got back together like the next year in stayed married for another ten years or something like that, but this time around. He was like. Let me see if I can figure out how to how to balance home life with this trying to break into comedy right? Yeah, and let me try and develop an act I. Think the first time he flounder because he didn't. He know what kind of comedian he wanted to be. He tried singing tried impressions even tried comedy for a little while, but he also he had these jokes. About how much is life sucked like? He used some of these same jokes his whole life. But they just didn't hang on. I'm quite right because he had his whole life ahead of him, and he was young and full of promise that second time around he was right there in the sweet spot age forty one. Little desperate kind of sweaty and these jokes about how bad! These jokes about how bad is life or it was going? Like really just kind of hit a lot more. He adopted a persona basically and. That definitely helped. Yeah I mean it was. It was SORTA him, but it was also a character, and when I was researching this, I was like i. was Kinda thinking about the? You don't see a lot of character comedians anymore. No like that was the sort of heyday with like Andrew. Dice Clay and Well Rodney Dangerfield and Imo Philips, and it seemed like there were a lot of characters, but now no one now it's just like. Look at this thing that happened in my life and how funny it is! All these. Shocked Travolta about my life. I'd like to see some good character comedians. I can't think of any out there. I Guess Brent Wind Back. Let's wait wait. What about like Larry, the cable guy, he's total. I assume he's a carry. Character because he started out as a completely different kind of comedian Oh. Yeah, then adopted that percentage but I. Don't count him as a comedian so. He's not watching. Don't worry. No, he's not. He's writing bad jokes..

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