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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Comedian Rita Rudner Brings a Night of Laughter to Livermore’s Bankhead Theater

Sep 22, 2017
Rita Rudner, who earned the title of Las Vegas’ longest running solo comedy show, brought her non-stop witty observations on relationships, family, the importance of cleaning ladies and more, to the Bankhead Theater on Friday, September 15th. Known for her epigrammatic style, Rudner’s soft-spoken humor, quick one-liners and charming delivery shatters the tough female comedienne stereotype and has kept audiences laughing in sold-out venues wherever she goes, and this time was no different, keeping the audience smiling for 90 laugh-filled minutes.

Rita Rudner moved to New York at the age of fifteen to become a dancer on Broadway and appeared in several shows, including the original productions of “Follies” and “Mack and Mabel.” While performing in “Annie” on Broadway, she began exploring Manhattan’s comedy clubs. By the early 1980s, Rudner had taken the leap from chorus lines to punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show.” Her very first solo HBO special, “Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand,” was nominated for several awards and was followed by two HBO specials, which led to performances all over the country.

As soon as her show opened in Las Vegas in June 2000, Rudner was selling out the house. Originally scheduled to be just a six month run, her popular show ran for months and then years. After a run of more than 2,000 shows, Rita Rudner has earned the title of longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas and been named Vegas’ “Comedian of The Year” nine years in a row.

Together with her husband writer/producer Martin Bergman, Rudner has written plays as well as starred in them. Their first produced film script, “Peter’s Friend,” starred Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Fry, and Rudner. She and Bergman went on to write “A Weekend in the Country” with Jack Lemmon, Dudley Moore, and Richard Lewis, in which she also appeared. Rudner has authored several books including her most recent, “I Still Have It . . . I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It: Confessions of a Fiftysomething.”

Above all, Rudner’s first love remains stand-up comedy and she performs as often as her schedule allows. Her innocent and charming manner mixed with the ability to deliver a precisely tuned one-liner makes for a much-appreciated evening of laughter.

The 2017-2018 Season at the Bankhead Theater continues with a wide range of talent. Folk legend Tom Rush will appear on October 6, followed by Manhattan Transfer on November 11, and then the Kingston Trio taking the stage on November 17. Rounding out the year will be a holiday Irish Christmas on December 21. “Our goal is to provide something for everyone, and everyone’s tastes are a bit different,” says Livermore Performing Arts Center rep Roberta Emerson.

For the complete list of upcoming shows and events, please phone (925) 373-6800 or visit www.lvpac.org.


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