Tickled Pink by Rita Rudner
A Comic Novel

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Mindy Solomon absolutely has to leave Miami. Florida is bad for her head and her hair. She dreams of a dancing career on Broadway and moves to New York, but after a string of failures and mishaps, she realizes that she needs to rethink her grand plan. Finding herself spending way too much time in the comedy club where her future ex-boyfriend works, she nervously goes up onstage one night. People laugh. Not in the places where Mindy thought they'd laugh, but hey, it's a start.
Mindy and her friend Ursula Duran, a man-magnet model-slash-actress-slash-deeply troubled woman, soon embark on a wild ride that ricochets from New York's East Side Hotel for Women to the comedy circuit, auditions, photo shoots, film premieres, cable TV specials, Hollywood studios, late-night TV talk shows, and beyond. Surrounded by sleazy agents, sleazier lovers, and Ursula's even sleazier mother, the two find that life writes a few punch lines they weren't expecting...but through it all, they somehow manage to have the last laugh.
Rita Rudner has crafted a debut novel that is not just funny, but moving and insightful. With its insider's viewpoint of the world of stand-up comedy, Tickled Pink is also, at its core, a touching tale of love, loss, female friendship, and forgiveness.

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RITA RUDNER is a celebrated and award-winning comedian, actress, screenwriter, and author. She currently performs exclusively in Las Vegas.
Published November 17, 2001 by Atria Books. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Heading for New York from Miami after her mother’s death from cancer, teenaged Mindy Solomon hopes to make it big on Broadway—but changes plans after two men who were supposed to catch her during a dance routine .

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Ursula's career skyrockets (despite constant meddling from her troubled mother, Eva, a former beauty herself), while Mindy struggles for success.

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