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Live Comedy: Susan Rice

  • Courtyard by Marriott 505 West Rose Street Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

The last time Susan Rice played Walla Walla, there were only 32 wineries.

The phrase "pretty funny for a woman" no longer applies in this day and age. Susan has earned her place in comedy by hard work and bringing her unique perspective to the stage night after night. She subscribes to the belief that funny is funny no matter who delivers the joke.

In 1983, comedy was just beginning in Portland, Oregon. Rice, a classically trained actress, was working a $3.85-an-hour job at a bank and hating every minute of it. Her only creative outlet was her bus rides to and from work. There she would engage and make people laugh. She was in the process of writing her one-woman show and needed an audience.

She was coming to end of her bus pass life when a notice in the local arts paper captured her eye. Open Mic. Comedians wanted. This sounded like the perfect venue to work out her material. On March 16, 1983, she stepped on the stage of the Leaky Roof Tavern and never looked back.

Her most recent credit was on Portlandia for IFC. She has been seen on HBO's Comedy Festival Caesars Palace, Comedy Central, ABC & CBS. She was voted Portland, Oregon's Funniest Person by Willamette Week and her peers and patrons in 2015.