LIMA — Rodney Carrington, stand-up comedian and country artist, will be bringing his comedy to the Civic Center Saturday night.
Carrington describes his career as a comedian as being an “accident.”
“I never thought, you know when I was younger, that I would, this was never even on my radar. I wasn’t looking, I didn’t follow comedy, I didn’t have comedy heroes. My mother was married five times by the time I was 15 years old, so we were a little bit Jerry Springer long before Jerry Springer was Jerry Springer. If you had to describe my childhood, it was quite chaotic. So I found myself really just looking at the lighter things,” said Carrington. “Even now, even when I receive the most heinous news I may ingest it for about 10 minutes but after that, it’s very light for me. Life is a very fragile thing and bad things happen. I don’t hang on to it.”
Guests will receive 90 minutes of Rodney Carrington on Saturday. Some label his entertainment as adult humor.
“I can’t help the way I think. I come from where I come from and what makes me laugh makes me laugh. You know it’s funny how people go ‘oh it’s this or oh it’s that’ when you think in terms of over an almost 30-year career and the millions of records and television and movies, all of that stuff came from doing what I did. It’s funny how people want to view something and I view it as just honest and real. I share the truth through my own experience.
“All the success came from doing what it is that just came natural to me. The question becomes, who thinks it’s this or who thinks it’s that? When somebody goes well it’s more adult, what is more adult? More adult is just, what it is to me, is if you’ve lived life you will come and understand it. How it’s presented is a choice. When you see an R rated movie, it wouldn’t be any different than that,” said Carrington. “I feel very fortunate and I am very humbled and grateful about where I am in my life. But I will tell you, I do enjoy it, but what I do for a living doesn’t define who I am as a human being.”
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