Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Carrington Thrown in the Deep End at the Crow Bar

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Carrington Thrown in the Deep End at the Crow Bar

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Byline: Seanna Cronin APN Entertainment Editor

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 joked, 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,"

he said.

Carrington will be thrown into the deep end at the Muster, admitting he had performed at only a few festivals in the US.

"Country music festivals are more geared towards families; they are usually considered a PG (rated) scenario," he said.

"I say that, but the drunkest people on Earth are usually country music fans at festivals."

Carrington rose to fame with this 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 said.

"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," he said.

"Every album is a little time capsule of my life."

But if it wasn't for a kind-hearted club owner, Carrington probably would not 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 laughed.

"I came back two months later and was working with Steve Harvey. …

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