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Rodney Carrington heads north to Columbus with Southern comedy

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Comedian Rodney Carrington wears many hats as a writer and entertainer, but the one he is often seen wearing is for cowboys and country singers.

Carrington is scheduled to perform at the Palace Theatre Saturday at 7 p.m.

Many comedians tell jokes but not all sing them. Carrington incorporates humor into country songs, and often encourages the audience to participate by singing along.

“He’s kind of like a country comedian,” said Steve Bostleman, a fourth-year in agricultural systems management. “(He has) a lot of songs about women and drinking.”

Some of Carrington’s song titles include “Rhymes With Truck,” “Show Them to Me” and “Put Your Clothes Back On.”

“El Niño Loco,” one of the comedian’s albums, was released in 2009 with the help of Toby Keith. However, “El Niño Loco” is his only all-song album.

He began his career in comedy in his 20s touring comedy clubs in his hometown of Longview, Texas. His album, “Morning Wood,” spent 104 weeks on the Billboard country charts. Carrington has released five studio albums, as well as a live album and a holiday album.

Still, after progressing in his career, Carrington said his humor has matured.

“I think different as I get older,” Carrington told Reuters in 2009. “I’ve done ‘Letter to My Penis’ and ‘I Think I’m Dancing With a Man.’ How many songs can you write about your d—? At some point you realize you’re 40 and you have teenagers now. I don’t think that way anymore. That’s what they think about.”

Some people believe part of Carrington’s appeal is the way he relates to his audience.     

Xavier Dunson, a fourth-year in electrical and computer engineering and member of 8th Floor Improv, said he believes his Southern charisma builds a rapport with his audience and shows his down-to-earth personality.

“If you’re into blue-collar comedy, I strongly suggest checking him out,” Dunson said. “I’d give him 3 1/2 stars out of five because he’s not my particular taste in comedy, but five stars for being a great entertainer.”

Bostleman said he thinks Carrington’s act is both familiar and unique.  

“He’s got the vulgarity of Dane Cook and Daniel Tosh, but he has the same attitude or twang as Larry the Cable Guy,” Bostleman said. “From what I’ve seen on TV, he’s hilarious.”

Calvin Gilbert, who writes for CMT.com, said the optimal way to experience Carrington is to see him perform in person.

“The best way to experience Carrington’s humor is at his live performances,” Gilbert said.

Carrington was not made available for an interview.

Tickets are available for $44.75 (not including fees) at www.ticketmaster.com. They can also be purchased over the phone by calling 614-469-0939.

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