Rita Rudner

Rita Rudner

Highest Rated: 79% The Aristocrats (2005)

Lowest Rated: 69% Peter's Friends (1992)

Birthday: Sep 17, 1953

Birthplace: Not Available

A favorite of the talk show circuit and a rarity in the age of brassy, outspoken female comics, Rita Rudner has a soft-spoken, low-key style that fronts for an incisive wit unmatched by the majority of her contemporaries. A Miami native who had starry-eyed, childhood dreams of dancing under the bright lights of Broadway, Rudner left home at the age of 15 and bypassed college to seek fame on the stage. Initial exposure in a traveling production of Zorba preceded Broadway roles in Annie and Promises, Promises, and a bid to go solo a few years later sparked an interest in standup comedy. Though the prospect of "dying" on-stage (popular comedian-speak for bombing in front of an audience) frightened Rudner at first, she eventually gathered her nerves and became quite popular; in the years that followed, she gained nationwide exposure on the Johnny Carson and David Letterman shows. Her wry brand of observant and insightful comedy was inspired by the early work of Woody Allen, and in 1990 she received an award for Best Female Standup Comedian. Her unique comic persona also gained a notable following in the U.K., where in 1990 Rudner headlined a short-lived BBC series. While in Britain, Rudner also found love with former BBC comedy writer Martin Bergmann, who became her frequent writing partner. In addition to penning the screenplay for Kenneth Branagh's film Peter's Friends, the two also collaborated in the Bergmann-directed comedy A Weekend in the Country (1996). Though she made history by becoming the first female comic to be invited to a Friar's Club "roast," her frustration with the lack of roles for smart women was often evident in interviews. In 2003, Rudner took a stab at U.S. television with Ask Rita, a daily talk/advice program.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Rita Rudner: A Tale of Two Dresses Actor 2018
No Score Yet Rita Rudner And 3 Potential Ex-husbands Actor 2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women Actor 2012
No Score Yet Rita Rudner: Live from Las Vegas Actor 2008
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
No Score Yet Funny Ladies Actor 2004
No Score Yet Bitter Jester Actor 2003
No Score Yet A Weekend in the Country Screenwriter Sally 1996
69% Peter's Friends Carol Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet That's Adequate Frieda Philby 1989
No Score Yet The Wrong Guys Pam 1988


No Score Yet Melissa & Joey
Monica 2012
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
Judge 2011
No Score Yet Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Original)
Appearing 2006
No Score Yet Great Performances
Performer 2001
No Score Yet The Nanny
Margot Reynolds 1999
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Ask Rita


Carol says: You make Mother Teresa look like a hooker.

Carol says: Look at this armoire. Is this real?

Andrew says: No, it's imaginary.

Carol says: You know what I hate the most about being a public figure? The public.