The Great 8 with Rita Rudner
By Jennifer Florendo

Mother, wife, comedienne, dancer, TV hostess and author. In no particular order, Rita Rudner stakes claim to all of those titles. She first arrived on the Las Vegas Strip in 2000 when she was asked to fill a six-week window at MGM Grand. The show was a hit, and she was soon given her own theater at New York New York. Since then, she moved to a larger venue at Harrah’s and now calls the Venetian Hotel and Casino home to her comedy show.

Rita performs at the Venetian on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. For tickets, please call 702-414-9000.

Walk us through a typical day in your stilettos/pumps/flats or slippers.
My life is very exciting. I hope you will be able to handle it. I wake up at 6:50 to walk the dog. I then feed the dog, my daughter, my husband, my hamster and my frogs. My daughter has to be at school by 8:00. I return home to have a second cup of coffee and try to talk myself into going to the gym. Sometimes I succeed. The rest of the day is devoted to phone calls, interviews and working on whatever writing projects I have going on. I pick my daughter up, take her to an activity, cook dinner, go to the Venetian and tell jokes to very pleasant people.

How do you balance life, work, marriage, motherhood and success? What do you do to unwind and relax?
I always put being a mother and a wife first. To unwind, we go to our beach house. We saved up for 20 years to buy it, and today it is worth almost half of what we paid for it. Excuse me for a moment while I take an antidepressant.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure when it comes to free time, TV shows, or shopping? Or maybe there is no guilt in it, just your favorite pleasure. I like to watch QVC and HSN. The makeup ladies are my favorites.

If we were to look through your iPod (or phone) what is on your top hit list or playlist or favorite app?
I don’t own an iPhone or an iPad. I own an eye patch, but I can’t get it to play any music.

Congratulations on moving over to The Venetian hotel … if you had to row a gondola, what song would you sing as you were rowing?
I have written a country song called, “Nothin’ Good Happens After Midnight.” I would sing it proudly until people paid me to stop.

Have you ever purchased any “As Seen on TV” items? If so, what was the product and your thoughts on it? If not, what would you buy?

I bought a vacuum cleaner that cleans with a double cyclone. It was so heavy, I got a hernia lugging it up the stairs. They forgot to mention the weight of the appliance in the infomercial.

Who is the person you are most often told you look like?
Heidi Klum.

How often do you hear, “You look just like that lovely comedienne on the Strip?” Every night when I come home and get into bed with my husband … except he says, “Why don’t you look like that lovely comedienne on the Strip?”