American cowboy brings hilarious humour to Gympie Muster
AMERICA'S cowboy comedian Rodney Carrington arrives in the country this week for his first Australian tour.
The Texan will get quite the whirlwind tour of the country. His nearly sold-out 10-date tour starts in Darwin and culminates in a Saturday night show at the Gympie Muster's famous Crowbar.
"I've picked up a carry-on (bag) and I've been preparing myself for this 60-day flight," Carrington jokes, speaking exclusively with APN from his home in Oklahoma.
"I have no idea what to expect outside of pictures I've seen. I have no concept of what it is I'm getting into, but I'm excited. The people who've been there that I've talked to only had good things to say."
Carrington will be thrown into the deep end at the Muster, admitting he's only performed at a few festivals in the US.
"Country music festivals are more geared towards families. They are usually considered a PG (rated) scenario," he says.
"I say that, but the drunkest people on Earth are usually country music fans at festivals."
Carrington rose to fame with his debut comedy album Hangin' With Rodney, combining his stand-up comedy routines with original songs, and his gold-selling follow-up Morning Wood.
He went on to star in his own TV sitcom, Rodney, for four years and co-wrote the US comedy film Beer For My Horses, and its title song, with country music star Toby Keith.
"I think my topics are pretty universal," Carrington says.
"When you make a comedy album you want it to be timeless. You want people to pick it up in 30 years and still know what it means. Everything is from a seed of truth in my life mixed with an enormous amount of bullsh*t on top.
"Every album is a little time capsule of my life."
But if it wasn't for a kind-hearted club owner, Carrington probably wouldn't have carved out a career for himself in comedy.
"The first time I got professionally booked at a comedy club the guy asked me if I could do 30 minutes and I flat out lied and said yes," he laughs.
"I came back two months later and was working with Steve Harvey. Every night I would try to stretch my seven minutes (of material) into 30 minutes. It was deathly quiet. I would come off stage and my only saving grace was that Steve was so funny that by the time he finished they'd forgotten I was even there.
"The guy who owned the club pulled me into his office and said 'Rodney you're awful; you're a good kid but you don't have a future in this world'. Then he gave me a $400 cheque - after he told me I was horrible. I drove six hours home and wondered how much money he would give me if I was good at it. That one decision changed my life."
Carrington's Muster show will feature songs from his current Here Comes The Truth Tour.
"I got divorced four years ago, so my show went from being about marriage and kids to the opposite because of what's occurred in my life," he says.
"You don't want to be dating at 45 years old (like me) sitting on the other side of the table thinking 'when do I tell her about the toenail that looks like a corn chip?'
"My new material comes out of the pain of the divorce; so much comedy comes out of pain. But looking back on it you also gain a healthy perspective. I'm having more fun now than I've ever had in my life."
Just don't expect Carrington to play his song Vote For Trump. He released the comedy single online in March, back when most people didn't believe Donald Trump would actually become the Republican Party's presidential candidate.
"The song is funny but I really am a Trump fan for the same reason most people are. I'm tired of politicians pretending they're going to do something but never doing anything," he says.
"The problem with Trump is it's okay to be the crazy uncle at Christmas who says something outrageous, but when you end up somewhere when it's time to stand up and be presidential he doesn't seem to have it.
"I think he never thought he would get this far. He exceeded his own expectations and now he's just acting like a complete and utter lunatic."
Carrington plays the Crowbar at the Gympie Muster on Saturday at 10.30pm. For more information go to the Gympie Muster website.