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August 25, 2011
COMEDY More than 20 top comics step up to the mike at the Showtime Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival. Rita Rudner, Jay Mohr, Tommy Chong and others perform 11 shows filmed for Showtime's "LOL Comedy Series. " California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino. 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thu., 6, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. californiatheatre.net.
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June 3, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Maria Walsh , the “Naughty Mommy” of comedy, has won a one-week gig as the "Riviera Next Comic Headliner" and will appear June 17-23 at the Comedy Club at the Riviera in Las Vegas . Walsh bested 226 entrants in a search that climaxed April 20. Walsh and three finalists went head to head for the top prize. Walsh, a wife and mother from Long Island , N.Y., will perform at 8:30 nightly on the same stage that helped launched the careers of comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Rita Rudner . “I am overwhelmed to take the same stage at the Riviera where so many legendary comics have performed,” Walsh said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rita Rudner has applied her considerable comedic talents to the marketing of her Dana Point beach house and the result is a one-of-a-kind video. Who else would include a free tissue with the purchase of a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house priced at $8.975 million? Her husband, director-writer Martin Bergman, featured the Monarch Bay home in the 2011 film “Thanks,” in which Rudner acted. But Rudner may have her own hit on her hands with her YouTube parody . The actress takes viewers through a tour of the 5,000-square-foot contemporary, which looks out onto the ocean.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The next two Saturdays will determine who will become the newest headliner at the Riviera Comedy Club . In recent weeks, the hotel has been auditioning comics from around the country in a contest with a prize worthy of a TV talent show: a gig on the Las Vegas Strip. A total of 226 people from across the country submitted videos of their funniest material, from which 16 people were chosen to compete live on stage. The last of four finalists will be selected during a show that begins at  10 p.m. Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012 | By Jason Kehe
Comedian Rita Rudner has always known how to tickle an audience -- and the same is mostly true of her slight but sugar-sweet new play, "Tickled Pink. " It won't make gigglers out of the congenitally not-ticklish, but everyone with a decently sensitive funny bone should spark to its cute, diverting antics. Adapted from her bestselling book of the same name, the play, which had its world premiere Saturday night at the Laguna Playhouse, “is not Rita's biography,” director Martin Bergman, also Rudner's co-adapter and husband, writes - somewhat unconvincingly -  in his program notes.
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February 5, 1988 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Times Staff Writer
Any female comic who stands up before us right now bears a double burden. Much more than a man, she speaks for herself and she speaks for an elusive Zeitgeist : our post-feminist atmosphere in which women have been encouraged, and even left, to choose their own rules. To the comedian falls the task of not only being funny, but of trying to find some compass in a heterosexual anxiety that has become the modern psychological equivalent of acid rain.
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June 18, 1995 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rita Rudner is trying to get her dog Bonkers to play rollover. She isn't having much success. "Come on, roll over, roll over," she coos to Bonkers, an adorable mass of white fur laying on his back in the living room of Rudner's stylish Beverly Hills home. Instead of doing the trick, Bonkers starts to lick Rudner with great excitement. She finally gives him a big nudge and manually rolls him over.
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January 17, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gentle. Subtle. Ethereal. Dainty. Fragile. Demure. These and similar adjectives regularly show up in articles about comic Rita Rudner, whose understated delivery has effectively set her apart from her more frenetic counterparts on stand-up comedy stages. But Rudner, who will perform Thursday at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach, insists her soft-spoken approach is no calculated gimmick: "I don't try to be quiet. That's me trying to be noisy."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1996 | JANICE PAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rita Rudner calls herself a comedian, but, like some of the best comics, she's really a behavioral scientist with a sense of humor. She seemingly spends all her waking hours studying the rest of us humans--her husband in particular--and making such keen observations as: "Before you marry someone, you have to make sure one of you kills bugs. It's so important."
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January 20, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Rita Rudner doesn't bite, she nibbles. She doesn't strangle, she massages. Rudner tickles instead of scratches. Well, sometimes she scratches. But she's almost apologetic about it. Even when she wants to dig in, the plunge seems unthreatening, like someone trying to be tough while waving a rubber knife. Like at the Laff Stop on Thursday night, when she started picking on a pretty blonde in the front row.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Rita Rudner is applying her comedic talent to the sale of her Dana Point beach house, and the result is a spot-on parody of a home marketing video. Her husband, director-writer Martin Bergman , featured the Monarch Bay home in the 2011 film "Thanks," in which Rudner acted. Now Rudner may have her own hit on her hands with the YouTube parody . In the farcical four-plus minutes, she promises to include one free facial tissue with the purchase of the five-bedroom, five-bathroom house, which is priced at $8.975 million.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rita Rudner has applied her considerable comedic talents to the marketing of her Dana Point beach house and the result is a one-of-a-kind video. Who else would include a free tissue with the purchase of a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house priced at $8.975 million? Her husband, director-writer Martin Bergman, featured the Monarch Bay home in the 2011 film “Thanks,” in which Rudner acted. But Rudner may have her own hit on her hands with her YouTube parody . The actress takes viewers through a tour of the 5,000-square-foot contemporary, which looks out onto the ocean.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012 | By Jason Kehe
Comedian Rita Rudner has always known how to tickle an audience -- and the same is mostly true of her slight but sugar-sweet new play, "Tickled Pink. " It won't make gigglers out of the congenitally not-ticklish, but everyone with a decently sensitive funny bone should spark to its cute, diverting antics. Adapted from her bestselling book of the same name, the play, which had its world premiere Saturday night at the Laguna Playhouse, “is not Rita's biography,” director Martin Bergman, also Rudner's co-adapter and husband, writes - somewhat unconvincingly -  in his program notes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2012
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2011
COMEDY More than 20 top comics step up to the mike at the Showtime Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival. Rita Rudner, Jay Mohr, Tommy Chong and others perform 11 shows filmed for Showtime's "LOL Comedy Series. " California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino. 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thu., 6, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. californiatheatre.net.
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August 10, 1997 | Peter Rainer
It's been heralded as a British "Big Chill," but that's not entirely accurate. Kenneth Branagh (pictured), who directed from a script by co-star Rita Rudner (pictured) and Martin Bregman, brings something theatrical to the mix. The film opens in 1982 and flashes to a reunion on a country estate 10 years later (Cinemax early Thursday at 4:30 a.m.).
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June 12, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stand-up comedian Rita Rudner and husband Martin Bergman scored a bull's-eye with their first produced screenplay, "Peter's Friends." Their smart script caught the fancy of actor-director Kenneth Branagh, who not only starred in the 1992 ensemble comedy with then-wife Emma Thompson and Rudner, but also directed the Samuel Goldwyn production.
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July 10, 1996 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rita Rudner can offer no real reason she gave up a stage career and did an about-face into stand-up comedy in the early '80s. "I was in therapy, and I forgot to ask, so I'll never know," she said, laughing during a recent phone conversation from her home in Beverly Hills. "I was dancing for 10 years on Broadway, and one day I said I wanted to try comedy. I was single-minded about that. I know it's weird. I had a passion for it. You don't become a dancer because you're verbal.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1996 | JANICE PAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rita Rudner calls herself a comedian, but, like some of the best comics, she's really a behavioral scientist with a sense of humor. She seemingly spends all her waking hours studying the rest of us humans--her husband in particular--and making such keen observations as: "Before you marry someone, you have to make sure one of you kills bugs. It's so important."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 1996 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rita Rudner can offer no real reason she gave up a stage career and did an about-face into stand-up comedy in the early '80s. "I was in therapy, and I forgot to ask, so I'll never know," she said, laughing during a recent phone conversation from her home in Beverly Hills. "I was dancing for 10 years on Broadway, and one day I said I wanted to try comedy. I was single-minded about that. I know it's weird. I had a passion for it. You don't become a dancer because you're verbal.
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