Tuesday, February 2, 2016
We count Rita Rudner among the great Jewish comedians because we think she embodies some of their best qualities.
One of the hallmarks of her comedy is that it's clean, free from the vulgarity and shouting that many stand-up comics find necessary. Sure, there's usually some sexual innuendo (after all, Las Vegas is Las Vegas) but her delivery is demure, tasteful, full of wry observations, and very funny.
Rudner started her career as a dancer, then switched to stand-up comedy about her dating experiences. She married British producer Martin Bergman about 20 years ago and now they have a daughter. She is fond of Jewish humor but generally reserves it for when she performs for Jewish audiences.
In this video clip, Rita comments on working in Las Vegas, relationships as the basis for humor, and the way she delivers her jokes, with funny examples.
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