Local comedienne inspires young hopefuls in Mississippi

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Rita Brent is an up-and-coming Comedienne based in Jackson, Mississippi. She discovered her love for performing arts as a young girl in church where she began singing and playing the drum set. By age 18, Rita joined the United States Army as a drummer in the 41st Army National Guard Band.  She earned the rank of Sergeant and ended her time in service after 9 years.

While in the military, she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Jackson State University where she also pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rita launched her Radio Broadcasting career as a student at JSU and after graduating, became a radio host and producer for N-P-R-affiliate, Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

 In 2013, Rita made a sharp career turn and responded to a nudging from God to do stand-up comedy. Since then, she has made great strides in the entertainment industry in a very short time. She has been the opening act for some of the biggest names in standup comedy, including Jay Anthony Brown, Sommore, and the late Dick Gregory.

In 2016, she met Comedian and Radio-Personality, Rickey Smiley, and he took her under his wings as a mentee. She often tours with him on “The Rickey Smiley and Friends Tour”.  Summer 2017, Rita made the big decision to become a full-time Comedienne, and soon thereafter met comedy mogul, Kevin Hart. She was one of four comedians from Mississippi selected by Hart to feature on his Comedy Central television series, “Hart of the City”. With great dedication and divine guidance, Rita is working toward becoming “the next big thing” from Mississippi!

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