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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.”

Chelsea Handler receiving the 2012 Rodney Respect Award.

11th annual
Rodney Respect Award


Jamie Masada, founder of Laugh Factory, will be honored at this year’s event.

This year’s Rodney Respect Award will be presented to Jamie Masada at the LACC's 90th Anniversary Gala on March 12, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Masada founded the iconic Laugh Factory, where he’s helped countless comedians catch their breaks including Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Ali Wong and Dave Chappelle. With a strong belief that "laughter is the best medicine," Masada works extensively with underprivileged children and the homeless (feeding and entertaining those in need), and is a staunch supporter of struggling artists.

Presenting the award will be Tiffany Haddish, who got her start at Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp at the age of 15 and has since gone on to become one of Hollywood’s hottest stars.


Tiffany Haddish, who got her start at Masada’s Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp, will present this year’s award.

In addition to being the new home for the Rodney Respect Award, Los Angeles City College has also recently opened the Rodney Dangerfield Institute, offering classes in stand-up, improvisational comedy, joke writing, and film comedy.

Rodney Respect Award Recipients

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey’s comedic energy caught the eye of Rodney early in his stand-up career, and he’s since gone on to become a household name.

Jamie Masada

Jamie Masada founded the iconic Laugh Factory, where’s he’s helped countless comedians catch their breaks including Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Ali Wong and Dave Chappelle.

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world the same year she took home the Rodney Respect Award.

Tim Allen

Tim Allen’s humor has brought smiles to countless faces through his stand-up, televsion shows and his legendary voice acting.

Brad Garrett

Everybody loves Brad Garrett, his distinctive deep voice and his deadpan delivery, not to mention his spot-on Rondey impression.

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer has not only held a Rodney Respect Award, he’s also held the title of playing one of the longest running characters in TV history.

Jon Lovitz

Jon Lovitz has been making us laugh ever since he won over audiences with his unforgettable performances on Saturday Night Live.

Jay Leno

Jay Leno brought laughs to audiences everynight on his time helming the Tonight Show and was the first ever recipient of the Rodney Respect Award.

Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson, the three-time Emmy-Award winner, is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics.

Bob Saget

Whether you know Bob Saget from his family friendly TV work or his not-so-family-friendly stand-up, one thing remains true: he knows how to make people laugh.

Chuck Lorre

As an award-winning creator, executive producer and writer, Chuck Lorre has made a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and viewers alike.

A Life of No Respect Lives On

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.