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Classic headshot of Rhonda Hansome from her early career

During the 1980s and 1990s, Rhonda Hansome's career was a vibrant blend of comedy, acting, and television appearances. As a puppeteer on "Saturday Night Live's" debut episode, she brought the Muppet Vazh to life, showcasing her unique talent and versatility. In the film "Pretty Woman" (1990), her role as Bermuda added a memorable touch to the iconic romantic comedy. Beyond these, she was the movie reviewer for "The Joan Rivers Show", further cementing her presence in the entertainment industry.


Rhonda's stand-up comedy saw her opening for legends like Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, and she made notable appearances on TV shows like "Louie," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," "Arsenio Hall," "Evening at the Improv," and "Showtime at the Apollo." Her performances were marked by a sharp wit and insightful commentary on social issues, making her a beloved figure in the comedy scene of that era.

Rhonda Hansome as the voice for Jim Henson's puppet Vazh on the first episode of SNL


Rhonda Hansome's role as the Muppet Vazh in the debut episode of "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) in 1975 showcased not only her comedic talents but also her adeptness in voice acting to synchronize with puppeteering. Her performance underscored her versatility and creativity, essential qualities in the dynamic, live format of SNL. As a pioneering woman of color in a predominantly male field, Hansome’s involvement in this innovative form of sketch comedy marked a significant milestone in her career. It exemplified her role as a trailblazer in entertainment, adeptly bridging voice acting and the visual spectacle of puppetry in television comedy.

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