Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Was Performer's Early Exit from Stage Justified? Rodney Carrington's Manager Says It Was, but Not Everyone Agrees

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Was Performer's Early Exit from Stage Justified? Rodney Carrington's Manager Says It Was, but Not Everyone Agrees

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Byline: ROGER BULL

The fact that Rodney Carrington walked off the stage early isn't in doubt.

Neither is the fact that he was unhappy with some of the audience at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

But beyond that, it depends on who you talk to.

Carrington, a country comedian and singer known for his adult content, performed at the Times-Union Center April 4.

His manager said that some members of the audience had too much to drink and heckled him so much that Carrington couldn't continue.

The building's manager said it wasn't an unusual crowd, but that he'd received about 20 complaints from people who were unhappy that Carrington left early.

Bob Fischer, who drove up from Palm Coast with his wife and another couple for the show, said there was a lot of alcohol being consumed in the lobby and in the theater.

"It was more like a football game," he said.

But he also said that while some in the crowd were loud, it shouldn't have been enough to end the show.

"They weren't putting him down," Fischer said. "They were yelling things like 'Rodney, what's in your cup?' He stopped the show and admonished them to shut up, but that just egged them on.

"He walked off for maybe 30 seconds and came back. But the show had ended at that point.

"His demeanor was completely different. He did a few of his songs, but not the ones people wanted to hear. He told a story about his best friend dying, I think he did it intentionally to bring everyone down.

"Then he tipped his hat and walked off the stage. The lights came on, and everyone was looking around wondering what happened."

Michael Goldstein, Carrington's manager, said that the crowd made it impossible for Carrington to continue.

"There were quite a few obnoxious fans," he said. "I don't know if they were drunk or not, I assume they were. …

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