He suffered from lifelong bouts with depression."I tell you, I don't get no respect. She told me she liked me like a friend." "When I was born, the doctor said to my father, "I'm sorry, we did everything we could but he still pulled through." Although he didn't address Judaism directly in his jokes, his comic style falls well within the classic mold of Jewish humor--self-deprecating, neurotic, what Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of "Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews," calls the "distressed optimist." If there is one hallmark of Jewish humor, says Rabbi Telushkin, it is the absurd ability to keep us "laughing in order not to cry." In the classic film comedy "Caddyshack," Dangerfield portrayed Al, a boorish nouveau-riche Jew trying to buy a Wasp country club.About to enter the club with an Asian friend, Al says: "I hear this place is restricted, Wang, so don't tell 'em you're Jewish, OK?Oscar Wilde Obviously, if I was serious about having a relationship with someone long-term, the last people I would introduce him to would be my family.
Mitch Hedberg There’s only two people in the world you should lie to: the police and your girlfriend. Rita Rudner My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks’ notice.
Jack Nicholson I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met. But I do know a woman who’d be mad at me for saying that. I made the mistake of telling my date a lie about myself, and she caught me – I didn’t think she’d actually demand to see the bat cave. There should be severance pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.
" Dangerfield appeared in two movies with religious themes.
He played God in "Angels with Angles" (originally titled "Everything's George," featuring George Burns' first after-life performance as an angel trying to earn his wings).
And for three solid hours I watched whatever I wanted on TV.
Tracy Smith To keep your marriage brimming; With love in the loving cup…And if you like it, there may not be a second date.Roger Ebert I wanted to make it really special on Valentine’s day, so I tied my boyfriend up.Cerano de Bergerac What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.Pearl Bailey My wife and I were happy for 20 years – then we met.I used to have this joke, I don't care how you bring 'em, just bring 'em young."His signature line, "I don't get no respect," struck a chord with Christian writers.