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Rodney Rude


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Rodney Rude (born Rodney Keft in Bathurst) is an Australian ‘blue’ stand-up comedian, poet and writer. He is infamous for his bawdy humour. He has released 12 albums and 4 videos throughout his long career, most of which are distributed by EMI Music Australia.

He began his career in a band, singing and playing guitar, before his habit of altering the lyrics to amuse himself saw him become a comedian. In 1969, he left Australia to tour the United States and Canada. He returned in 1981, after being asked by his friend Barry Wain, to found the Comedy Store in Sydney. He was its first compere. He was arrested by Queensland police in the mid-1980s after offending officers during a show in the state. His shows have been subdued north of the border as a result. The album Not Guilty was a result of this incident.

According to his website,, his absence from the comedy circuit in 2004 was due to his recovery from a motorcycle accident on his property, which required him to undergo a knee reconstruction.

Rodney is currently touring Australia for the last time. A CD & DVD will accompany the tour, the CD was released on November 11 and the DVD will be released in the near future.

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Rodney Rude’s comedy is sexual, insulting and explicit. As a result, despite some early media appearances his act is restricted to live performances. He did appear in a campaign for Big Ben meat pies in his heyday in the 1980s.

Staples of any given show include:

* His trademark laugh.

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