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Celebrating 100 Years of
Courage & Commitment
in Comedy

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.

Chelsea Handler receiving the 2012 Rodney Respect Award.

Rodney Dangerfield
Centennial Respect Award


Jimmy Fallon, host of the Tonight Show, will be honored at this year’s event.

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.


Joan Dangerfield, founder and honorary chair of the Rodney Dangerfield Institute, 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.

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon put his own stamp on The Tonight Show with his unique comedic wit, on-point pop culture awareness, and welcoming style.

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.

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.

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.