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Rita Brent is a rising comedienne and musician from Jackson, Mississippi. She discovered her love for performing arts as a young girl in church where she began singing and playing the drum set alongside her mother, a singer-pianist. 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 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 for 6 years. In 2017, Rita decided to take a leap of faith and quit her day job to tackle the challenging world of stand-up comedy full-time. Since then, she’s featured on “Hart of the City” (Comedy Central), starred in truTV’s “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” was recognized by Thrillist as The Best Undiscovered Comedian in Mississippi, and tours as a feature act with her mentor, Rickey Smiley.

Recently, Rita proudly represented Mississippi as a headlining comedian at the historic Apollo Theater in New York. She is working toward touring internationally as a stand-up comedienne while also incorporating her musical talents. In addition to drumming occasionally with bands, Rita is a songwriter who’s written for several artists and has a few singles of her own. One of her greatest musical accomplishments so far is completing a 3-week music tour in Africa, curated by "American Music Abroad" and the U.S. Embassy. Rita is purposed to use her gifts to heal the world through laughter and music.


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rickey smiley morning show

Comedy Central


TEDx Jackson


Clarion Ledger

Blue Magnolia Films

Jackson Free Press

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Mississippi Public Broadcasting (mpb)

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