TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS

With sold-out shows, a new album and a TV sitcom in the works, comedian Rodney Carrington is living large

"I don't want to be one of those people who says, 'I'm gonna do this, or I'm gonna do that,' "declares comedian Rodney Carrington with a smile. "I don't want to live my life like that. If I feel like doin' somethin', I try to do it right then and there. We don't know how long we're gonna be here, and with everything goin' on in the world, nothin' matters unless you're havin' a good time."

That in a nutshell -- or Nut Sack, the name of his fourth and latest album -- pretty much sums up Rodney's philosophy of life. He has had a good time, but he's put in some serious work along the way.

Rodney's built a career that includes performing for up to 5,000 people a night, a recent six-week period where he reports selling more than 70,000 comedy albums and a development deal for his own TV sitcom on ABC, tentatively called That's Just Rodney. He wrote the script with funnyman Damon Wayans and a couple of other comedian buddies.

Not bad for a guy who first got into comedy to try something different after four years of doing theater in college. "Here I am 14 years later," he proclaims, "and things are starting to move along real nicely. I still get surprised when I show up at some of these places and see all these people there. It's a helluva lot of fun."

Part of the fun for Rodney is not being hampered by a concern for political correctness. His show is definitely not for kids, but he makes no apologies for the often graphic language that finds its way into his live shows and the stories and songs on his records.

"I don't try to do things to hurt anybody," he explains. "I just try to be honest with whatever it is I talk about and tell it like it is. For so long, so many people wanted to make it out to be something like, 'Oh, why do you do this? Or why do you say this or say that?'

"I don't say nothin' that nobody else don't say when they're with their buddies, you know? I don't tell jokes. I tell stories. I talk about what's real and honest. And that's why so many people, I think, relate to it. I just happen to say it and get paid to do it."

And, after all -- that's just Rodney.

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