Some faces make you smile. Many of Americans greatest comedians have been lucky enough to have that fortune. Just a picture of Jimmy Durante could make you giggle, same with Bert Lahr. Just seeing Bill Cosby on TV made us feel good about Jello.
Rondell Sheridan has that same quality. Look at him, and your month naturally edges closer to your eyes. Maybe its his open, inviting eyes, maybe its his big easy smile. Or just maybe its because over the last decade or so – whether Rondells acting, hosting, or doing stand-up – youve laughed every time youve seen him.
But theres something about him thats reminiscent of another comic: Rodney Dangerfield. Rondell has never gotten the respect or recognition that he deserves.
More often than not, Rondells hundred plus night a year club, concert and corporate live performances end with standing ovations. Within fifteen years of learning his craft, Sheridan now can delight a crowd with any of over four hours of his material, or amaze then with his penchant to create funny for an hour through nothing but talking to the audience. People have actually been known to see him twice in the same work without him repeating a single piece of material. But Rondell is still not quite recognized for what he is: one of the greatest stand-up comedians of our generation.
Rondell was only the second comedian (Jerry Seinfeld was first) that the Writers Guild of America granted a co-created by credit for their own situation comedy. Rondells series, "Minor Adjustments" became the first and still the only television show in history to run original episodes on two networks, NBC and UPN, during the same television season. "Minor Adjustment" stands as the only series in UPNs history to have a larger rating audience at the end of its first season then when the show premiered. More incredible, "Minor Adjustments" UPNs lead-in, Moesha actually dropped by 50% both in rating points and share, during the same four months period. Yet when UPN announced the next seasons Fall schedule, "Minor Adjustments" wasnt renewed.
Even now, Rondell continues to succeed. He stars as Andre, the dad in "Cousin Skeeter," one of Nickelodeons greatest successes. Rondells also the host of the FOX Family Channels highest rated series, "Show Me The Funny." But even that has a strange cloud to its silver lining; the network has postponed production of future episodes simply because the re-runs are being enjoyed by similar numbers of Neilson families as the first time they air. Now thats something Rodney never even figured our how to do, find a way to lose thru winning.
And yet, even while turning 40, it seems that Rondell is just beginning to blossom. Between series, visits on games and variety/comedy shows, he becoming almost an extra member to a lot of American families.