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.”
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.
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.