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By Eric Siegel | August 18, 1991
Ben Vereen, Rita Rudner scheduled to perform in 'Lifesongs 0) '91' AIDS benefitTony Award-winning entertainer Ben Vereen will highlight "Lifesongs 1991," a benefit concert Sept. 28 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to support the Health Education Resource Organization.Organizers are hoping to raise more than $200,000 from the fourth annual event to benefit HERO's AIDS education and service programs, according to spokeswoman Cami Colarossi. Last year's event netted $158,000 for HERO, she said.Besides Mr. Vereen, who won a Tony for his role in "Pippin," the "Lifesongs" lineup will include comedienne Rita Rudner and the troupe of "Forbidden Broadway," a comedy revue which lampoons some of Broadway's best-known shows and stars.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2005
It didn't take much, maybe a wave of the hand, a thumbs-up sign, or a simple laugh. Just some indication the guy sitting behind the desk liked you, that was all a struggling young comic needed. When Johnny Carson died yesterday at age 79, comedians all over America lost the best promoter they ever had. By all accounts, Carson loved nothing more than showcasing new talent. "Bill Cosby started on his show, George Carlin started on his show. I started on it, and David Brenner," Joan Rivers, a favorite of Carson's until she started her own show, told CNN yesterday.
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By STEVE MCKERROW | December 1, 1990
Rita Rudner is relatively recently married -- two years -- and says she and her husband are debating whether to get a dog or have a baby. "We haven't decided whether we want to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives," she deadpans.Carol Leifer used to be in a mixed marriage -- "I'm human and he was a Klingon" -- but now says, "I'm single and looking." But she's not seeking every girl's ideal, the strong silent guy. "I like 'em weak and chatty."Rim shot, cymbal crash!Those are just a couple examples of why Rudner and Leifer are among the funniest stand up comics of the female form.
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By Sloane Brown | December 9, 2001
The phrase "eat, drink and be merry" could've been created with the Chimes' 2001 Hall of Fame celebration in mind. Food and wine galore greeted some 600 guests at a pre-performance dinner reception at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Then, the evening's main event, "Stand-Up For The Chimes" -- a show featuring comedians Carrot Top, Darrell Hammond and Rita Rudner -- had them rolling in the aisles. The lucky 200 at a post-show dessert reception also had a chance to chat with the three comics, and perhaps come away with an autograph or three.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | January 15, 1993
Friends like Peter's might compel a cynic to say: Give loneliness a chance.A British-American "dramady" opening today at the Charles for three weeks, "Peter's Friends" is a blend of shticky American show-biz humor and treacly Brit melodrama. It's "Masterpiece Theater" as written by Shecky Greene.Not far from the truth, actually: It's the work of co-writers (and co-stars and co-producers and co-spouses) Rita Rudner (American comic) and her husband Martin Bergman (British producer). I'm only guessing, but I'd bet the Bergmans have seen "The Big Chill" more than once.
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By Sloane Brown | December 9, 2001
The phrase "eat, drink and be merry" could've been created with the Chimes' 2001 Hall of Fame celebration in mind. Food and wine galore greeted some 600 guests at a pre-performance dinner reception at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Then, the evening's main event, "Stand-Up For The Chimes" -- a show featuring comedians Carrot Top, Darrell Hammond and Rita Rudner -- had them rolling in the aisles. The lucky 200 at a post-show dessert reception also had a chance to chat with the three comics, and perhaps come away with an autograph or three.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1996
Should the state be forking over millions of dollars to help millionaires build better houses for their football teams? Isn't it worth a few dollars to bring football back to town? Are there any real economic benefits? MPT may not offer any answers tonight, but it'll sure be airing plenty of opinions.* "The Great Stadium Debate: A State Circle Special" (7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Friends and foes of the proposed Maryland football stadiums have at it during a live debate.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | October 24, 1991
RITA RUDNER, scarcely speaking above a whisper, carefully surveys the audience gathered for her HBO special, "One Night Stand," with her innocent doe-eyed stare. Casting her blue eyes demurely downward -- her mane of hair a curled halo about her head -- she shyly delivers her first joke."When I came to New York I had an apartment near Central Park," she recalls smiling sweetly. "I didn't have a view but if I listened closely I could hear the screams for help."She quietly turns to another subject.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2005
It didn't take much, maybe a wave of the hand, a thumbs-up sign, or a simple laugh. Just some indication the guy sitting behind the desk liked you, that was all a struggling young comic needed. When Johnny Carson died yesterday at age 79, comedians all over America lost the best promoter they ever had. By all accounts, Carson loved nothing more than showcasing new talent. "Bill Cosby started on his show, George Carlin started on his show. I started on it, and David Brenner," Joan Rivers, a favorite of Carson's until she started her own show, told CNN yesterday.
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By Orlando Sentinel | July 23, 1992
Ellen Cleghorne is one of the few performers who would welcome (let alone answer) a reporter's telephone call at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m.As it turns out, that's the best time to catch the busy newcomer to TV's "Saturday Night Live" at her New York City apartment. Even then, you have to compete for attention with her 6-year-old daughter, Akeyla, who is getting ready for school. With questions coming at Ms. Cleghorne from two directions, the atmosphere resembles a long-distance press conference.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1996
Should the state be forking over millions of dollars to help millionaires build better houses for their football teams? Isn't it worth a few dollars to bring football back to town? Are there any real economic benefits? MPT may not offer any answers tonight, but it'll sure be airing plenty of opinions.* "The Great Stadium Debate: A State Circle Special" (7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Friends and foes of the proposed Maryland football stadiums have at it during a live debate.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | January 15, 1993
Friends like Peter's might compel a cynic to say: Give loneliness a chance.A British-American "dramady" opening today at the Charles for three weeks, "Peter's Friends" is a blend of shticky American show-biz humor and treacly Brit melodrama. It's "Masterpiece Theater" as written by Shecky Greene.Not far from the truth, actually: It's the work of co-writers (and co-stars and co-producers and co-spouses) Rita Rudner (American comic) and her husband Martin Bergman (British producer). I'm only guessing, but I'd bet the Bergmans have seen "The Big Chill" more than once.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | October 24, 1991
RITA RUDNER, scarcely speaking above a whisper, carefully surveys the audience gathered for her HBO special, "One Night Stand," with her innocent doe-eyed stare. Casting her blue eyes demurely downward -- her mane of hair a curled halo about her head -- she shyly delivers her first joke."When I came to New York I had an apartment near Central Park," she recalls smiling sweetly. "I didn't have a view but if I listened closely I could hear the screams for help."She quietly turns to another subject.
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By Eric Siegel | August 18, 1991
Ben Vereen, Rita Rudner scheduled to perform in 'Lifesongs 0) '91' AIDS benefitTony Award-winning entertainer Ben Vereen will highlight "Lifesongs 1991," a benefit concert Sept. 28 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to support the Health Education Resource Organization.Organizers are hoping to raise more than $200,000 from the fourth annual event to benefit HERO's AIDS education and service programs, according to spokeswoman Cami Colarossi. Last year's event netted $158,000 for HERO, she said.Besides Mr. Vereen, who won a Tony for his role in "Pippin," the "Lifesongs" lineup will include comedienne Rita Rudner and the troupe of "Forbidden Broadway," a comedy revue which lampoons some of Broadway's best-known shows and stars.
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By STEVE MCKERROW | December 1, 1990
Rita Rudner is relatively recently married -- two years -- and says she and her husband are debating whether to get a dog or have a baby. "We haven't decided whether we want to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives," she deadpans.Carol Leifer used to be in a mixed marriage -- "I'm human and he was a Klingon" -- but now says, "I'm single and looking." But she's not seeking every girl's ideal, the strong silent guy. "I like 'em weak and chatty."Rim shot, cymbal crash!Those are just a couple examples of why Rudner and Leifer are among the funniest stand up comics of the female form.
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By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | July 2, 1993
PETER'S FRIENDS(HBO, rated R, 1992)Kenneth Branagh has burst into the upper echelons of the international cinematic scene in the past few years with an encouraging sense of intellectual and creative freshness in his films "Henry V," "Dead Again" and "Much Ado About Nothing."For most of his films, he also writes, directs and co-stars with his wife, Emma Thompson. Such is the case with "Peter's Friends," which he produced and directed and stars in, as a cynical American sitcom writer named Andrew who is unhappily married to a self-absorbed sitcom star named Carol (comic Rita Rudner)
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | October 31, 1994
There's nothing anyone needs to add about NBC's decision to run its Roseanne biography on Halloween night. If you're looking for a more fitting Halloween treat, though, check out HBO's new trilogy of "Tales From the Crypt" episodes -- especially the opening installment. Also of note: another time-traveling "Northern Exposure" episode.* "The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- There's an interesting duo of guest stars on tonight's "The Nanny": Wallace Shawn and Ben Vereen. CBS.* "Dave's World" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 11)
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