Rodney Carrington stands out in an era in which specialists reign. The versatile entertainer is a stand-up comic, an actor and a country music artist.
“I think a lot of performers can do different things,” Carrington said. “But they just end up doing one thing. Fortunately, I can do a lot. I do different things, and I enjoy doing it that way.”
Carrington, who will appear Saturday night at Intrust Bank Arena, has considerable range. It’s not that common to catch a humorist busting out a song or doing something unpredictable.
“I just go up and have fun up there,” Carrington said. “It’s just a blast to me. It’s great to have a job that you love. Not everybody has that. I worked hard to get here since I started out with this.”
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The brash, free-wheeling entertainer has come a long way from his early-’90s salad days when anything was fodder for an audience.
“I think I’ve grown a lot,” Carrington said. “I try to find really interesting subjects. That’s the way it should be after making all of these albums. Back in the day, I would try whatever and just try to make it funny. When I hear something I did back in the early days, my reaction is like, ‘Who is that guy?’ I just don’t recognize that person because I’m not that guy anymore. I don’t think the way that I once thought. I’ve changed, and I think that’s a good thing.”
Not every musician and/or humorist evolves like Carrington. Many stay with the persona that led them to whatever made them successful. Carrington has taken some chances, and his audience has come along for the ride.
Carrington has had success in television and film. His sitcom, “Rodney,” aired from 2004 to 2006 on ABC. His film “Beer For My Horses,” which he co-wrote and co-starred in with country star Toby Keith, hit screens in 2008. Keith produced Carrington’s first all-music album, 2009’s “El Nino Loco.”
“It’s been interesting doing different things, and I’m not done yet,” Carrington said. “I still have much to accomplish. But I’m not looking past what I’ve done. I’m so thankful. I can’t forget the early years. I remember not having any money, sleeping in my truck and just somehow getting by. But you do what you have to do if you love something. I worked hard and paid my dues. It all worked out for me in the end. I have plenty to be thankful for.”