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Comedy is queen as Rita Rudner, others offer All Jane Comedy Festival laugh riot, Oct. 2-6 at Curious Comedy Theater (and Aladdin Theater for Rudner)

COURTESY PHOTO - Rita Rudner is a big get for the eighth annual All Jane Comedy Festival, and she'll close out the all-woman festival at Aladdin Theater, Oct. 6. Most of the festival's shows take place at Curious Comedy Theater.She's the comedian with the longest-running solo act in Las Vegas history — 14 years, more than 2,000 shows — and she's taking a break and coming to Portland.

Rita Rudner — whose lengthy career as a standup comedian, actor on stage, film, radio and TV, and as an author stretches back to the 1970s — certainly qualifies for the lineup of the All Jane Comedy Festival in Portland. She'll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Aladdin Theater (tickets $30) to conclude the eighth annual festival of women comedians.

Most of the shows take place at Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oct. 2-6.

Rudner made her network television debut on "Late Night With David Letterman" in 1982, and often appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

ALIShe has won Las Vegas' "Comedian of the Year" nine consecutive years, and performs at Harrah's.

Rudner lives in Las Vegas, where she has performed, for the most part, since 2001.

"She has just a soft gentle way about her, and a razor-sharp wit," said Stacey Hallal, managing and artistic director at Curious Comedy, and one of the All Jane performers. "I love the contrast of those two things."

Some other highlights of All Jane are: Chanel Ali (a star of last year's festival); Emmy Blotnick (a writer with "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert"); Joyelle Nicole Johnson ("It took some work to get her," Hallal said.); sisters Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh ("They're just a party on and off stage," Hallal said.); and Sarah Tollemache (a headliner for the first time). Three others to see are Glo Chitwood, Maya May and Rachel Scanlon.

BRAUNSTEINThe festival also features local comedians, about 15 of them, including Corina Lucas, Becky Braunstein and Belinda Carroll.

At 9:30 p.m. Oct. 2, the New Faces of the Pacific Northwest features some of the comedians, such as Naomi Fitter, whose persona is that of a nerdy engineer (she actually is an engineer who studies robots).

The audience is made up of men and women, Halla said, perhaps dispelling a myth about an all-women's comedy show.

"The comics aren't just doing women-oriented comedy, they're great comics," Hallal said. "What they're doing is funny to everyone. It's just a fresh perspective on comedy that you haven't seen a lot of. It's better than a lot of typical comedy."

For more: www.alljanecomedy.org.


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