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The Moms on the Move Show
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Long-time comedian veteran, Rita Rudner talks about her new Las Vegas act and how it feels to be a mom in show business.
In a town where "the outrageous" is expected and comics depend on a raunchy humor for laughs, Rita Rudner has been selling out shows on the strip for almost a decade with her lady-like approach.
Rita stand-up: thank you very much!
In fact, now Harrah's is the second casino that has built Rita, her very own theater. With a soft-spoken style and razor sharp wit, Rita has been respectfully splitting sides for most of her life.
Linda: Why are you so funny?
Rita: I work at it. Now I think anything you want to do you have to work at it. And it’s working hard at something is the only thing I found that’s made me good at something.
And there is no doubt that she is good at it. Trained in ballet, Rita decided to try her hand at stand-up comedy in the 80's where funny females were scarce.
Rita: There are a zillion dancers, there are a trillion actresses there are you know 100 million, billion singers there were 2 comedians so I said let’s try comedy and luckily I loved it.
And her fans loved her right back
Linda: What are the latest awards?
Rita: Favorite female Las Vegan and um…best comedian.
Linda: So, not only the best comedian but the favorite Las Vegan in the whole city!
Rita: I’m the only name they can spell.
In addition to being an award winning comic and Las Vegas of the Year, Rita is also a successful film writer, actress, producer , author and...mother of daughter, Molly.
RITA AND LINDA IN DRESSING ROOM
Rita: I adopted a child I was too old to have a child. My very, very nice Chinese gynecologist said 'your face pretty but your egg too old.' So my husband and I adopted the most fantastic child in the world.
Just like every mother, Rita had to reconfigure a comedienne's schedule with motherhood. She made the decision to stop traveling and set up a home-base for her family in
RITA AND LINDA ON STAGE
Rita: This is my stage….the best part about it is I don’t have to clean it.
Linda: And you’re here every single night.
Rita: Um…6 nights a week right here in Harrah’s.
RITA AND LINDA BACK IN DRESSING ROOM
Rita: I get to be a mom all day and I get to come and be a comedian for 2 hours a night. So, it isn’t…. you have figure out your own path for juggling
And it seems she's always got more than one ball in the air at any given time.
Rita holding Hand Bags
Rita: This is my brand new business
Known for her love of shopping...
Rita Stand up: My last credit card was so big that before I opened it, I heard a drum roll. [laughter]
Rita has created her line of handbags...with a twist
Rita: It’s called Campieto Porsolino because it is a handbag with a removable cover because how often are you going and out and go nothing matches…nothing matches!
Close Up of Bags
Rita: So, I’ll show you…this is the inside of the bag. You go like this, this, this, this, there and you have your bag. And this is another. And this you just hook on. You snap it on like that.
Linda: That’s beautiful
Rita: So this little thing matches there
Linda: And if you put it on….you look fabulous. Strike a pose.
Linda: Rita, I love it, is there anything you don’t do well?
Rita Many things and that’s why I don’t do them.
She does, however, write very well, not only of the Oscars with Steve Martin, But for herself. Rita is on her fifth book, about turning fifty...While still signing copies of her pervious ones for fans minutes before every show.
RITA HOLDING UP BOOK AT BOOK SIGNING
Rita: It’s a romance that goes a little bit wacky in Vegas which sometimes they do.
Rita: This is my line of VIP’s that I greet every night before my show at Harrah’s. So I’m going to do my book and DVD to you right now Linda. I can make it to someone else if you like and you’ll say, look what I bought you!
Linda: My friends name is Linda
Rita: Oh really….
Linda: Best advice for moms if they’re trying to do something that they love and they think they’re good at it?
Rita: I would say, be creative about the paths you take. If you say no to something ask yourself, why am I saying no to this? Am I scared of it? Or do I really not want to do it? Am I making up excuses because saying yes moves you forward saying no keeps you in the same spot.
RITA STAND UP: It’s harder to have children as you get older. Not only having them but naming them because by the time you’re in your 30s, every name you think of reminds you of someone you hate! We better hurry up because we’re down to Jethro and Nephrata.
Linda: What about your age?
Rita: Um…well I am an older mother. I say we’ll both be loosing our teeth at the same time. But, um…it just it doesn’t bother me I …I have a lot of energy and um...This is the age I did this. There are people that do things at different ages. So, one thing I definitely know not all people have to follow a text book pattern of when to do this and what to do everyone…It’s a creative life do it the way you can do it.
LINDA AND RITA TAKING A PICTURE TOGETHER
Linda: Thank you so much
Rita: And I will talk to you soon!