Rodney Carrington: Laughter's good

Rodney Carrington’s fans know the man can bring the laughs. They know because they’ve bought his comedy albums, like his latest, 2009’s “El Nino Loco,” or watched his TV show, “Rodney,” or saw him in films like Toby Keith’s “Beer for My Horses.”
But here are a few more things to know about the comedian Carrington.

- Touring is kind of like a vacation
“After 21 years, I’ve seen so much of the country, but there are still some places I’ll go be a tourist,” Carrington told the Daily Journal in a phone interview, “Or I’ll play golf to kill the time.”
It’s like time off for Carrington, but he’s not bringing any old jokes to the stage.
“Most of the stuff I’m talking about is not on a record or not on a special, so that would be the difference,” he said.

- A live show beats an album any day
While recording a comedy album lets Carrington be close to his family, it’s more fun being on the road than it is recording.
“Comedy requires a crowd. You can’t do comedy by yourself, in a room. It doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s an exchange.”

- Real life inspires his comedy
“I’m 42. The material now is more about where I am. Every album I’ve ever done is like a capsule of where I am or what’s going on,” he said.
His family, which includes his wife and four sons, understands they could be turned into a joke anytime.
“They all know by now that everything’s free game. I haven’t had anybody get upset about anything,” he said. “They understand that it’s just what I do, and if you’re in the family, you’re gonna be in the show at some point.”
n No special stage preparation needed
“(I have) a bottle of water and a cough drop,” Carrington said. “It ain’t a whole lot. I don’t need anything that gets me pumped up. The part that I take serious is just making sure that I entertain them.”

- He’s been in comedy 21 years
“I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people and gotten to see a lot of places. I’m just very grateful and blessed to be in the position I’m in,” he said. “I could be working mowing a yard somewhere, so this works out pretty good for me.”

On stage
– Who: Rodney Carrington

– When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11

– Where: BancorpSouth Arena

– Cost: $44.75 and $39.75, plus service fees
■ Info: (662) 841-6528

Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal