As star of USA Networks popular Friday night series, "USA: Up All Night" actress and comedienne Rhonda Shear has won millions of fans doing comedy sketches and bits during the shows bumpers. Shear, who is unapologetically sexy and frankly funny, has been described as a tongue in cheek combination of Lucy, Gracie Allen, Barbara Eden and Mae West. To quote the Los Angeles Times, "She may not look the part, but Rhonda Shears a comedy pioneer."
Even though Playboy named her "One of the Sexist Stars" and Cable Guide heralded her as "One of Cables Most Beautiful Women," there is so much more to Rhonda Shear then meets the eye. She holds a BA degree in Communications from Loyola University, ran for public office, reigned as Miss Louisiana, was accepted to law school, made her TV debut with Bob Hope, performs stand-up comedy is casinos across the country and serves as the Celebrity Spokesperson for the Los Angeles Chapter of the United Scleroderma Foundation.
Shear adds plenty of sizzle, savvy and intelligence whenever she makes TV appearances which have included "Politically Incorrect," "Larry King Live," "The US Open," "Entertainment Tonight," "48 Hours," "Wrestlemania," "The Republic National Convention," and as an entertainment reporter for ITVs "Good Morning, Britain."
Her Hollywood career came about her incredible success on the beauty pageant circuit. Winning her first title at age 14, Shear won over 40 major pageants, including Miss Louisiana. After appearing fully clothed in a Playboy article called "Girls of the Now South," Shears "Queen of the Floral Trail Society" title was rescinded by the members who objected to their queen being in the popular mens magazine. The press picked up on Shears legal attempts to restore her crown, and the pure spunk she displayed in her desire to run for a hotly contested political office. Shear later returned to New Orleans as a Queen of Mardi Gras, reigning over her own parade and grand ball-sponsored, ironically, by the Floral Trial Society.
A seasoned live performer, Shear headlines her comedy act in concert and casinos all over the country. Her comedy CD "Your Bedtime Buddy" has been lauded by the press. She is also proud to have been nominated by Campus Activities Magazines as College Entertainer of the Year. Shears stand-up television credits range from "Girls Night Out" on Lifetime Television to "Women Aloud" for Comedy Central. The more honest you are the more funny you are" admits Shear. "My personality is sort of Lucy-ish there is always something askew, like toilet paper hanging off the back of by shoe."
Shears face has graced dozens of magazine's covers. Her celebrity Pictorial for Playboy entitled "Rhonda Is Up All Night" became one of the magazines fastest sellers ever, and is still a collectors item. Olivia, the critically acclaimed painter whose works of women have garnered an international reputation, has used Shear for numerous imaginative studies. Select fantasy images of Shear appear in Olivias art books, reproduction and calendars.