Rodney Carrington is a cowboy-hat wearing, Southern-drawled, all-American comedian milking the cash cow with his crude, often offensive sense of humor. His act bounces around from bits about prostitution in Las Vegas to getting poison ivy in his ass crack. When he gets tired of telling jokes, he whips out a guitar and sings the punchlines instead. Either way, expletives abound.
Like everything from his home state of Texas, Carrington’s career is big. Among the top 10 highest grossing touring comedians (according to Pollstar), Carrington has eight comedy albums under his belt. His televised specials have aired on CMT and Comedy Central, and his TV sitcom, Rodney, ran on ABC for two seasons. Along with Toby Keith, Carrington wrote and starred in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses, a story about two small-town deputies who endeavor to save a young woman kidnapped by drug lords.
Busy as he is, the 46-year-old Carrington opted to answer City Pages’ questions via email in anticipation of his show at the Pantages Theatre.
How does Southern humor differ from humor in other parts of the country or in the rest of the world?
I’m not sure. I do people humor. It has to do with all people. I have no idea what Southern humor is.
What are the biggest misconceptions about Texans?
There are no misconception about Texans. We believe if you want something in life, it’s up to the individual. We believe in “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am” and “yes, sir” and “no, sir.” We don’t mind if you’re gay, we just would rather not hear about it. We believe that god has it right, but Texas has it just a little bit better.
How is the way you parent similar or different to the way you were parented?
I talk to my children, teach them. I allow their choices to dictate mine. Meaning, if they make a bad choice, they’re gonna hate my choice more than theirs. But my children are the greatest children on Earth. Period.
How does your family feel about being discussed in your act? Have they ever asked you to take a joke out of your routine?
They have no choice. And, no. And I wouldn’t if they asked.
Do you have any rituals that you do when you first arrive in a new city or before you go onstage?
Yes. I get dressed.
Why did you decide to start incorporating music into your act?
It’s an act. If I owned an elephant, he’d be in it, too. But all I owned at that time was a guitar and a dirty mind.
Do you write serious songs as well? If so, what are they about?
I do. They’re about love, love gone wrong, God, lots of things.
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