Rita is a sweetheart, except for her unquenchable desire to get trashed beyond all human comprehension. She's sweet and often repentant when sober, but has fallen off no fewer than forty-six wagons.... Forty-seven if you include the New Orleans rubbing alcohol incident. Rita is Austin's immediate favorite, but she quickly harms her chances by getting rip-roaring drunk.
Rita is portrayed by Natasha Leggero, a trained stand-up comedienne and theater actor. She has toured much of Los Angeles and New York doing stand-up comedy, and has also appeared in such Off-Broadway hits as "Tony and Tina's Wedding" and "The Winters Tale." She has had extensive training in improv at both "The Goundlings Theater" and "Second City."