Veteran comedienne Rita Rudner brings her sharp wit, understated style, keen observations and genius for one-liners to the stage at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Over the course of 12 years, more than 2,000 performances, and 1.5 million tickets sold, she’s become a staple of The Sin City showbiz landscape. Even though Rudner keeps it clean and doesn’t feature beefcake, cheesecake, props, or Blue Men in her act, her reliable wit, intelligence and sense of style have turned her into the longest running solo headliner in Las Vegas history.
When she steps onstage, it’s just her and a microphone, and her only concession to showbiz glitz is the sparkly gowns she wears onstage, which makes her show that much classier. In her famously soft-spoken delivery, Rudner kills with hilarious and true observations about the differences between men and women, marriage, kids, aging, botox and, of course, shopping (her favorite pastime). She also makes some sharp points about what it’s like to live in Las Vegas, poking fun at trends that could only exist in Sin City like topless pool parties and themed resorts with gondolas that take you to The Gap.
Rudner had been a working comic for many years before she started her long Las Vegas run, and she’s also a successful actress and best-selling author. But perhaps her culminating career accomplishment is that she’s found record breaking success in Las Vegas without changing her clean (and family friendly) approach to comedy. In a City of Sin, filled with topless shows and comedians with the dirtiest mouths on the planet, the fact that Rudner has become the city’s longest running solo headliner on the merits of her cleverly constructed one-liners and witty observations is a testament to her talent and sparkling wit.