The Rodney Respect Award is bestowed upon individuals whose creativity has left a unique mark on the history of comedy. The award is named after American stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield who tapped an enduringly rich vein of comedy gold when he created his stage persona as the everyday man who got no respect.
In the spirit of Rodney and his unmatched eye for talent, this award celebrates those who have committed their lives to the art of comedy. Rodney knew that even for those born with it, the pursuit of great comedy was a lifelong struggle. “I tell ya, comedy is in my blood. I wish it was in my act.”
To mark what would have been Rodney’s 100th birthday, this year’s special honor, the Rodney Dangerfield Centennial Respect Award, will be presented to Jimmy Fallon.
The Rodney Dangerfield Centennial Respect Award will be presented to Jimmy Fallon at this year’s LACC Virtual Gala on April 22, 2021. Fallon began his TV career as an audience favorite on Saturday Night Live with his spot-on impressions, hilarious sketches and his stint as co-anchor of Weekend Update. After a successful string of movies, Fallon returned to TV as host of Late Night, and now as host of the Tonight Show. Rodney would be thrilled that the Tonight Show, where he made over 100 appearances throughout his career, is in such good hands.
Presenting this year’s special award will be Joan Dangerfield, who continues to keep Rodney’s comedic legacy alive through her philanthropic efforts.
Just as Rodney helped foster up-and-comers throughout his career, the Rodney Dangerfield Institute at Los Angeles City College was established in honor of the late iconic comedian to help usher in a new generation pursuing comedy. Beginning in 2019, the Rodney Respect Award will be presented at the LACC’s Annual Gala.
As more and more people move online for their entertainment, Rodney’s impact has only grown. Millions are watching Rodney’s classic stand-up on YouTube, sharing gifs of his crazy expressions and iconic tug ties, and pouring over his countless one-liners on Facebook and Twitter.