Rodney Rude (born Rodney Keft in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian 'blue' stand-up comedian, poet and writer. He is infamous for his bawdy humour. He has released 12 albums and 5 videos throughout his long career, all of which are distributed by EMI Music Australia. To date, Rodney has sold well in excess of 2 million CDs videos and DVDs. Rodney has also been nominated for an ARIA award for Best comedy Album for almost every album he has released.
He began his career in a band, singing and playing guitar. His habit of altering the lyrics of songs to amuse himself and his audience prompted him to become a comedian. In 1969, he left Australia to tour the World. Based in Ontario, he enjoyed a thriving career, touring throughout Canada, the USA and Israel.
Rodney Rude's comedy is sexual, insulting and explicit. As a result, despite some early television appearances his act is restricted to live performances. He did appear in a number of advertising campaigns including Big Ben meat pies during the 1980s.
He was arrested by Queensland police in the mid-1980s after offending officers during a show. He fought several long and expensive court cases defending his right to perform his show to adult audiences. His legal battle continued after police brought further obscenity charges in Western Australia where the case finally went to the full bench of the Supreme Court. Rodney won his court cases and all charges were quashed. After the Fitzgerald Inquiry against corruption (1987-89), set up to investigate police corruption in the state of Queensland, the police officer leading the case of obscenity against Rodney was jailed for corruption in an unrelated matter. Since that time Rodney performed without incident in all states of Australia.
According to his website, rude.com.au, 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.
Rude toured Australia for the last time in 2006. A CD & DVD accompanied the tour, the CD "Frog Sack" was released on November 11 2006 and the DVD "Rodney Rude Goes The Growl" was released October 11 2008. In late 2009, Rude announced he was coming out of retirement and returning to stand-up comedy in 2010 with Rodney Rude – “Wrong Hole” Tour.