WORKING WITHOUT A NET

 

There is an old showbiz saying:

"Drama is easy, comedy is hard".

 

 Susan Rice's style is conversational and hysterical.  You feel like she has just picked up a conversation where it off." Willamette Weekly

 

   For over 36 years Susan Rice has made her living making people laugh.  She never thought she'd be a stand up comic. She was trained as an actress but her downfall came when she heard the laughter.  She found herself having to restrain her instinct to go for the laugh while performing Lady MacBeth's  

 

  In 1983 while writing a one-woman show Rice needed a proving ground for her material.  She stepped on a small stage at Portland's Leaky Roof Tavern and discovered she was a comic! 

 

   Moving to Los Angeles gave Susan her first taste of what show biz had in store for her. She rapidly became a regular at the Icehouse in Pasadena, Igby's, The Comedy Store, and worked for the Improvs. She rapidly moved up the performance ladder and headlined at many of the clubs of the 1990s; Laff Stops, Last Laugh's, Stanfords and Comedy Connections. 

 

   Rice learned from wonderful headliners on road; comic's like Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinnison and Paula Poundstone.

 

   Her first TV comedy set on ABC's George Schlatter’s Comedy Club and followed with his Reunion show. Cable shows included Showtime Comedy on the Road,  Comic Stripe Live, and Evening at the Improv as well as the often laughed about " Pat Sajak Show

 

   "She can go in and grab a crowd no matter what the circumstance." —David Tribble, President of Entertainment Solutions.  

 

   Since her return to the Pacific Northwest, Rice has been invited to perform in The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Las Vegas Comedy Festival and was a contestant in HBO/TNT Comedy Festival at Caesar's Palace Lucky 21 Contest.

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   She has lent her talent to the  

“All Jane" Comedy Festival promoting women in comedy.

 More recently she was voted " Funniest Person in Portland by her peers and patrons of the Willamette Week. In the summer of 2019, she opened for Arsenio Hall and Maria Bamford. 

   She also has appeared in an award-winning independant film/documentary by Anna Field called, 'The Girl in the Show," a retrospective of the life of Gilda Radner and women in comedy.  

  

   Corporate work has been Rice's main focus for the last 20 years. She has a wide appeal and clients from Microsoft to HoneyBucket, Intel to Red Hatter's. She's made them all laugh and as she says; "No one got hurt." 

 

 Rice has helped raise thousands of dollars for  Planned Parenthood, The Pancreatic Cancer Network & Relay for Life.

  "This woman has become the 'Grand Dame of Comedy' in the Pacific Northwest and is enjoying the popularity of 'second act.'"—Longview Daily News