Rita Rudner is applying her comedic talent to the sale of her Dana Point beach house, and the result is a spot-on parody of a home marketing video.
Her husband, director-writer Martin Bergman, featured the Monarch Bay home in the 2011 film "Thanks," in which Rudner acted. Now Rudner may have her own hit on her hands with the YouTube parody.
In the farcical four-plus minutes, she promises to include one free facial tissue with the purchase of the five-bedroom, five-bathroom house, which is priced at $8.975 million.
The actress takes viewers through a tour of the 5,000-square-foot contemporary, which looks out onto the ocean.
"This is the living room where we do roughly 33.5% of our living," Rudner explains on the video. Some nights, she says, the couple stares into the fireplace, drinks and argues.
Features include a paparazzi-free patio, an elevator, an office, heated floors and the liberal use of retractable glass doors.
"We have brought not only the outside in, we have brought the inside out, we have brought the left to the right, the right to the left, the up to the down," she says. "It is so on trend."
The Vegas headliner then moves on to the kitchen, where she demonstrates how she uses the warming drawer to take the chill off a bra or chunky jewelry.
Rudner, 59, has used the house for vacationing and is building another home in the area for use when she retires from a career that has included dancing, stand-up comedy, acting and screenwriting.
The home theater is one place she unwinds.
"Sometimes after a hard day of staring at the ocean," Rudner says, "I just like to kick back, turn on the TV and watch the wrestling."
The couple bought the house unfinished on leased land six years ago for $5.85 million. They completed the work and bought the parcel in December for $2.15 million.
The listing agents are Harold Noriega and Danielle Bowen of HOM Sotheby's International Realty.
"We look forward to receiving your offers," Rudner concludes, "and responding with a 'How dare you?'"
Tennis champ comes out ahead
Tennis champ Serena Williams has sold her Westwood condo for $1.755 million.
The Wilshire Corridor building, constructed in 2001, offers concierge service, a valet, a gym, pool and spa. The open-plan unit of 2,403 square feet features city views, two bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a den/office, a fireplace, balconies and a direct-access elevator.
Williams, 31, has been ranked the No. 1 female player in the world multiple times by the Women's Tennis Assn. and currently holds the ranking. Her tennis earnings have topped $40 million.
Public records show that Williams bought the property new in 2001 for $1.275 million and owns other property in the Los Angeles area.
Christine Taylor of Gibson International and Rada Roberts of Coldwell Banker's Brentwood office were the listing agents. Hosana Saputra of Surterre Properties represented the buyer.