Rodney Rude (born Rodney Keft in Bathurst) is an Australian 'blue' stand-up comedian, poet and writer. He is infamous for his bawdy humour. He has released 12 albums and 4 videos throughout his long career, most of which are distributed by EMI Music Australia. He began his career in a band, singing and playing guitar, before his habit of altering the lyrics to amuse himself saw him become a comedian. In 1969, he left Australia to tour the United States and Canada. He returned in 1981, after being asked by his friend Barry Wain, to found the Comedy Store in Sydney.