The stand-up comedian and country singer stops in North Charleston on his "Laughter is Good" tour.
In the movie Chasing Amy, Ben Affleck’s comic book artist notes “the big bucks are in dick and fart jokes,” and a similar case could be made in country music for “titties and beer.” They’re staples of musical humorist Rodney Carrington’s lyrical diet, whether he’s waiting on “Just One Beer,” encouraging listeners to “Drink More Beer,” or suggesting that world peace is possible if she would just “Show Them to Me.” If the Texas native has a predilection for low-hanging fruit — he followed 2000’s gold-selling Morning Wood with 2003’s Nut Sack — at least he has a nice voice and a keen appreciation for honky-tonk humor. He was the star of the sitcom Rodney on ABC from 2004-2006, which was pitched as sort of a redneck Seinfeld. Though originally a standup artist, somewhere along the way Carrington realized musicians have it easier. While a comic has to keep updating his material, a musician can perform the same songs tirelessly and need only come up with new ones every three or four years. (Carrington’s last releases were El Niño Loco and Make It Christmas in 2009.) His shows are a mix of both, lined with low-rent characters, country strumming, and self-deprecating humor (the Sinatra-style “Letter to My Penis”). —Chris Parker FRIDAY