Rita Rudner is set to take the stage at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 4th at 8:00 p.m.
Rita is well known as the longest running solo female comedy show in the history of Las Vegas and was named Las Vegas’ comedian of the year nine years in a row. Recognized for her succinct one-liner comedy style, Rudner is also the author of five books and frequently collaborates with her husband writing and producing for the screen.
This legendary comic has not only established herself as a house-filling favorite, but she has paved the way for the next generation of female comedians. Her show at Westhampton on Sunday is sure to be a night full of laughs that won’t want to be missed! In true, hilarious Rita Rudner style, she spoke with Hamptons.com about her comedy career and what attendees can expect from her upcoming performance.
How did you get your start in comedy?
RR: I slept with Charlie Chaplin.
What were some of the biggest obstacles you faced in your career, especially in the beginning?
RR: Charlie Chaplin’s wives.
For those who are unfamiliar, how would you describe your style of comedy?
RR: Kabuki meets Shakespeare.
Who were some of your earliest influences or inspiration?
RR: Albert Einstein & Eleanor Roosevelt.
What are some of your favorite topics to cover in your sets?
RR: The end of days. Appendicitis. Witchcraft.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
RR: I cry uncontrollably.
How do you approach writing books, for the screen, or comedy specials differently?
RR: See previous answer.
How do you define success?
RR: I look it up in a dictionary.
What has it been like being able to express yourself through comedy for so many years?
How does it feel to have paved the way for a next generation of popular female comics?
What can fans expect from your show at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center?
RR: I promise to wear a big dress and tell approximately three jokes a minute for 80 minutes without swearing.
Do you have any favorite spots or pastimes in the Hamptons?
RR: I always enjoy visiting the morgue.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
RR: I’m bad at giving straight interview answers.