It's Not Easy Bein' Me - Rodney Dangerfield

It's Not Easy Bein' Me

By Rodney Dangerfield

  • Release Date: 2009-08-11
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 83 Ratings

Description

An American comic icon tells the story of his second–act rise from obscurity to multimedia stardom.

"When I was a kid," writes Rodney Dangerfield, "I worked tough places in show business––places 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." For once, one of America's most beloved comic icons isn't kidding. Dangerfield has seen every aspect of the entertainment industry: the rough–and–tumble nightclubs, the backstage gag–writing sessions, the drugs, the hookers, the lousy day jobs – and the red–carpet 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 roller–coaster ride through a life that has been alternately touching, sordid, funny, raunchy, and uplifting – equal parts "Little Orphan Annie" and "Caligula." 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 name–droppings (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 debt–ridden aluminium–siding salesman named Jack Roy to a multimedia superstar – and stayed an icon for decades. His catchphrase – "I get no respect" – has entered the lexicon, and he remains a visible cultural presence and perennial talk–show guest.

Dangerfield's hilarious and inspiring musings should thrill comedy fans and pop–culture watchers, and his second–act comeback will strike a chord with readers of all stripes. Maybe he'll even get some respect.

Reviews

  • Typical Rodney....

    3
    By SayrePA
    The whole book is basically written like Rodney was doing one, long stand up routine. It has many funny moments and is definitely worth a read even though it is quite short (only 233 pages) for a man who was over the age of 80 at the time. I only gave it 3 stars because: a) the length was disappointing, and b) I expected a little more insight into his professional life as a movie actor.
  • Great read!

    5
    By Ilovehumor
    Wonderful read for anyone that has worked the entertainment industry! And the jokes........ I've been telling them all day and the people love Rodney! A true working entertainer :-) I keep reading it over and over and over!
  • Every page a laugh.

    5
    By Cine medic
    I have always liked Rodney's comedy and this book just cements the reason why. Read it. Laugh. Snicker.
  • Rodney

    5
    By DaThMu
    No review needed, it's Rodney Dangerfield!
  • It's not easy bein me.

    4
    By Calvin Bijou
    Here's to one liners with both comic appeal and ready to wear philosophy. Rodney writes with a simplicity, a credibility, off the cuff humility.....and acceptable profanity ....that speak to us universally. Your story then is still many of our stories now. Your struggles and triumphs are crowned by your love for your fellow man. The time may be different, the essence of the man...eternal. I laughed, I empathized, I learned.....that it's not easy being me....but folks like you make the journey worthwhile.
  • awesome!

    5
    By Curtis-
    I've read this book 2 or 3 times and still laugh every time!
  • ... especially now that I'm dead

    4
    By Tommyguill
    R.I.P.