October 5th, 2004

cass groovy

RIP Rodney Dangerfield

The comedian is dead at 82. He'd gone into the hospital for brain surgery last month, and never came out. He knew there was a good chance of that, and even joked about it: "If it goes well, I'll be in for a few weeks. If it doesn't, I'll be in for about an hour and a half."

He was in longer than an hour and a half; by some reports, he was in a coma for some considerable time before the end.

There are many classic Rodney lines -- Back to School brought us the moment when Rodney stumbled across a co-ed in the shower ("I'm sorry, honey! I didn't see anything! Not a thing!" [pause. peeks again.] "You're perfect."), and everyone remembers his signature line, "I don't get no respect" -- but for my money, there's no topping the last line of Caddyshack: "Hey, everybody! We're all gonna get laid!"