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Rita Rudner

A Las Vegas show that doesn't involve getting a breast out.

We never thought we’d see the day when Janet Jackson and Rita Rudner were reviewed on the same page by London’s Evening Standard and Jackson is given two stars while Rudner gets three.

This might, without too much brain-racking having to be undertaken, be something to do with the fact that at least Rita’s microphone was actually on for her full hour and a half set at the Leicester Square Theatre.

In fact, the American comedian hardly seemed to stop for air the entire time, even going so far as to take questions from the audience at the end of the show – a brave move with a British crowd, but they all seemed to treat her with respect, lapping up her quick-fire answers (that often, cleverly, avoided the question).

A seasoned stand-up, Rita’s been pulling big crowds in Las Vegas for the last decade (though some British fans may still remember her 90s BBC series with Jennifer Saunders) and a lot of that shows in her UK gigs. Thankfully taking a cheeky pop at the ludicrousness of Sin City is universally translatable, and everyone understands comedy about relationships, people getting older and women having a penchant for shopping.

That’s the beauty of Rita’s comedy, it’s so real that you’re agreeing with everything as you’re laughing. There are no rambling, self-indulgent stories here – almost every line is actually a punchline and she rarely stops to milk the frequent applause.

Hilariously funny and a joy to watch, it’s a shame there don’t seem to be many that can get away with ‘nice’ comedy in Britain anymore.

And, aside from the odd flash of a suitably sequined shoe, there were no ‘wardrobe malfunctions’.

You can get tickets for her London shows this week by visiting this website and you can also buy a plethora of Rita-related goodness here.

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