Comedian Rodney Rude promises a show that is loud, live and politically incorrect when he performs at Wests Leagues Leumeah on Friday, October 28.
Maintaining that he has “zero attention span”, Rude has sold more than three million albums with no radio airplay.
Now three years since his last sell-out tour, he brings his recognisable laugh and bawdy comedy routine back to a new generation of fans in his 2016 Australian tour.
Born Rodney Keft in Nowra, Rude began performing as a teenager on the showground circuit in the 1960s when he doctored song lyrics and impersonated Elvis before turning his gift for absurd, highly sexualised humour to stand-up comedy.
“When I was a boy, a school teacher once told me I was a worthless troublemaker who would never amount to anything and that when I grew up people would only laugh at me,” Rude said.
And indeed they have – they laugh until it hurts. In the first half of his new show Rude features comedy with visual effects, insults and finishes with song/play You Know What I Hate.
The second half the show starts with Quarter Rude, or Harry Muff. New song Barista Sista, offers a short history on Rude’s carnival beginnings and ends with insulting jokes about the clergy.
Rude maintains laughing hard will reduce your stress, crank down your cholesterol, unplug your arteries and improve your sex life.
Now 73, Rude is as crude and unapologetic as he has ever been. Even in this politically correct age, nothing is off limits for Rude, who fears Australia is being overwhelmed by the PC brigade.
“Absolutely we are (getting too PC),” Rude said.
“I’ve always thought it’s the Australian way, that we can use comedy to get through. But I can imagine we’re going to need a licence to do comedy soon.
“I think I’m disappearing at the right time.”
Rude will retire after his tour ends – a decision brought on by the need to care for his elderly father.
“I’ve still got 12 CDs in the shed that I’ve never released, so I might put some of them out. My greatest regret is that I’m funnier now than I’ve ever been.”
The show starts at 8pm, tickets are $61.50.