Author of I Still Have It…I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It
One of the country’s top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is also an award-winning television personality, comedy writer, Broadway dancer, and actress. A house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000, Rudner is known for her hilarious wit and clever one-liners. She performs nightly at Harrah’s Las Vegas, where over the course of nearly 2,000 shows, she has sold close to one million tickets. In June 2008, she will star in the first stand-up comedy special to be aired by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Rita Rudner has written four books, including her bestselling non-fiction titles, Naked Beneath My Clothes and Rita Rudner’s Guide to Men and the novels Tickled Pink and Turning the Tables. Her collection of essays, I Still Have It…I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It, will be published by Harmony Books in May 2008.
Her first solo HBO special, “Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand,” was nominated for several awards, as was her eponymous English BBC television show that later appeared on A&E. Rudner’s two one-hour specials for HBO, “Born to Be Mild” and “Married Without Children,” were ratings standouts and she performed all over the country, filling Carnegie Hall in New York three times and the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles twice. She also completed sell-out tours of Australia and England.
In 2003, Rudner launched from Las Vegas her first syndicated daily TV show, “Ask Rita,” seen in key markets across the country. “Ask Rita” featured a panel of celebrities lightheartedly attempting to solve personal problems submitted by members of the public; it ran for two years. For her work on the show, American Women In Radio and Television awarded Rudner a 2004 Gracie Allen Award for Best Program Host-Entertainment. Rita helped write the 2001 and 2003 Oscar shows with Steve Martin and the 2002 Oscar broadcast with Whoopi Goldberg. She was seen on HBO’s “Comic Relief” in 2006.
Rita Rudner moved to New York at the age of fifteen to become a dancer on Broadway. She appeared in several shows, including the original productions of “Follies” and “Mack and Mabel.” It was while in “Annie” on Broadway that she began exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan. In the early ‘80s, Rudner took a full-time leap from chorus lines to punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both “Late Night With David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show,” and entertained often on HBO.
Rudner is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband of twenty years, Martin Bergman. The couple’s first produced film script was the Kenneth Branagh movie, “Peter’s Friends.” The film, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Fry, and Rita, won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Comedy. “Peter’s Friends” will be released in the U.S. on DVD in February 2008.
Rita Rudner lives in Las Vegas and California with her husband and daughter.