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Harold Ramis (head writer)
Rodney Dangerfield (head writer)
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12 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Rodney Dangerfield ... Himself / Various

Aretha Franklin ... Herself

Bill Murray ... Various

Valerie Perrine ... Herself / Various
Charles 'Honi' Coles ... Himself
Steven Kampmann ... Various (as Steve Kampmann)
Rex Benson ... Various
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dick Tufeld ... Announcer (voice)

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Various (uncredited)

John Larroquette ... Rocky The Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter C. Miller 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dennis Blair  special musical material
Elayne Boosler  writer
Rodney Dangerfield  head writer
Brian Doyle-Murray  writer
Stanley Myron Handelman  writer
Steven Kampmann  writer
Brian McCormick  writer
Harold Ramis  head writer
Leonard Ripps  writer (as Lenny Ripps)
Bob Zmuda  writer

Produced by
Estelle Endler .... executive producer
Patti Person .... associate producer
Harold Ramis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Matz 
 
Production Management
Tim Gibbons .... production manager
 
Other crew
Kathy Lymberopoulos .... production associate
Walter Painter .... choreographer
 

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USA:60 min
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Spoofs The Mikado (1939)See more »
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A Really Strange Special, 18 November 2014
Author: ianlueck from United States

Why is it strange? For two seasons: 1) Due to the lack of many actors, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield end up playing multiple characters. That wouldn't be so odd if they stayed in the same character for each sketch, but no, often they will switch mid-sketch.

For example, in one skit, Rodney wants to make it on Broadway as a dancer, so he auditions with a really bad dance number. Cut to the producers and directors who are watching Rodney... and who are ALSO played by Rodney! It's very surreal.

In another sketch, Rodney is the co-owner of a nightclub. Bill Murray appears multiple times, as a waiter, as a chef in the kitchen, and as Rodney's partner in business. I feel like saying, "Hey, you look familiar!", but strangely Rodney never lampshades this.

To get the idea of this, try to imagine if Saturday Night Live was only four cast members.

2) Aretha Franklin. She's a talented singer but she honestly seemed out of place this special. Yes, she sings "Respect", which is related to Rodney's catchphrase, but both times that she appears and sings, it brings the comedy to a halt.

The special's still worth a watch, because Rodney's stand-up at the beginning is gold, and he does a good job in the skits. But those two creative choices I listed above just left me bewildered.

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