Nov. 22, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- If you like to laugh so much that it hurts, there is a new website just for you being launched today by
widow, Joan, in honor of the enigmatic comedy legend's 92nd birthday.
Rodney was a cyberspace pioneer who became the first celebrity to have his own official website in
. He envisioned folks going to his site for a laugh break at the office. In those days, home computers were rare and it would be another 15 years before iPads were invented and we could browse the Internet from our cell phones.
Rodney's new site (
) features a novel design that navigates sleekly on today's mobile devices and showcases a treasure trove of Rodney's unique brand of humor, including shareable audio of his most recognized one-liners as well as never-before-seen exclusive selections from Joan's personal archive, "The Collected Papers of
The estimated 3,000 page archive of handwritten jokes and jokes in progress were curated over many years. When friend
got a chance to personally view them, he said, "It feels like I'm going through Rodney's underwear drawer." New selections from the archive will be added to the site on a regular basis.
"Known chiefly for his no-respect persona, Rodney was the Socrates of our time," states
. "His comedy was the unveiling of the great mysteries behind the common man in the everyday world. He was an idealist, not simply a character but a champion of the downtrodden, and his success was proof of his theory that every man believes himself to be the underdog. Everyone laughed, because everyone identified. Getting no respect was not only his tag line, but his hypothesis."
As the creative force behind the new site, Joan scoured the Internet to find the right website design company to work with, ultimately choosing Shine United in
, where Rodney filmed "Back to School." "They were delightful to work with. I can be a bit tyrannical and had a specific vision for the site that Shine was able to bring to life."
"Being asked to work on a project that's associated with Rodney's legacy is quite an honor," says Shine Creative Director
. "We've built the design to be reflective of his complex personality while at the same time being easy to navigate. Using horizontal parallax scrolling, visitors can move along a virtual catalog of Rodney's life work, highlighting his wide portfolio and going behind the scenes with his character and the relationships he formed through show business."
"I tell ya, when I was a kid I had it rough. Once on my birthday, my old man gave me a bat. The first day I played with it, it flew away."