Susan Rice loves to make people laugh. She began her professional comedy career in 1983 and at present is still making people laugh. 

 She was a student of Stand-up from a young age she mimicked Lucille Ball and  Totie Fields. Rice found humor was a way to make friends and deter teachers from punishments she probably deserved. 

 

 Her career has taken her all over the county, playing all the comedy clubs of the 1980s & '90s. The new century found her working more corporate events for companies such as Microsoft and Intell as well as The Red Hat Society.  

 In 2015 Rice was voted by her peers and patrons of comedy in The Willamette Weekly's "Portland's Funniest Person"  

 

  During the Pandemic in 2021, Rice wanted to bring comedy back into her local scene of Portland OR. She produced the first St.Johns Comedy Festival to help the local Portland comics and her small neighborhood of St. Johns in North Portland.  She continues that festival this year.

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

 At 70 Susan Rice has found a broader range of audience than she remembers ever having as a young comedian. She appeals to both young and old. Reminding everyone that humor has no age limit and laughter is essential to a joyful life. 

 

 

  

 

  

 

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

 In August of 2021, Rice launched the first-ever " St. Johns Comedy Festival

 Stjohnscomedyfest.com  

  Rice's goal for this festival was to help the small businesses of her beloved St. Johns North Portland neighborhood and the wonderful talented comedians of Portland.  

 Although the festival was only 2 days and 3 shows the turnout was wonderful.  

 Rice hopes to continue this festival to promote laughter and healing throughout her community and state. 

 

   

  The quote below is from Rice's hometown paper but sums up her joy of being able to still perform and help create some joy.

  

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