Rodney Carrington is an American stand-up comedian, actor and country music artist best known to television viewers for his starring role as the title character in the sitcom Rodney, from 2004-2006.
While he was in junior college, he became involved in the theatre program and realised that he not only liked acting - people actually thought he was good at it.
From there it was a random whim that made him jump on stage at an open-mic night at a comedy club and the rest is history. Acting was put on the back burner in favour of standup comedy.
Carrington was catapulted from obscurity by the massive exposure he gained from his appearances and airplay on syndicated morning radio shows like Bob and Tom and John Boy and Billy.
He has steadily won new fans and kept old ones coming back for more with songs like Don't Look Now, Little Things and Fred.
He co-wrote and co-starred in 2008's Beer for My Horses, with country music star Toby Keith. He also co-starred in the hit music video by Trace Adkins, I Got My Game On, which won three awards on the 2008 CMT Music Video Awards, including Male Video of the Year, and Video Director of the Year for Michael Salomon.
Rodney was nominated for, and won the category Supporting Character of the Year for his role.
All of this follows on the heels of his many projects and accomplishments in 2007, which included the release of a CD, King of the Mountains; live concert DVD and Comedy Central special, Live at the Majestic. He also released his first hard cover book entitled Rodney Carrington, Coming Clean.
Rodney broke through with his major label debut Hangin' With Rodney in 1998. The album, which featured fan favorite songs Letter to My Penis and Fred, sold more than 475,000 copies and established Rodney, with his trademark black cowboy hat, boots, and Texas twang, as the king of middle class comedy.
The next few years saw four more Top 10 albums: Live, Morning Wood, Nutsack, and Greatest Hits, all of which continue to receive major radio airplay on both country and rock formats.
Morning Wood and Greatest Hits, a double CD, both earned the RIAA gold record certification. His major network comedy, Rodney, ran on ABC from 2004-2006.
Rodney's popularity derives, in large part, from his closeness with his audience. Instead of moving to Los Angeles or Nashville, Rodney stayed in Tulsa, Oklahoma; he keeps grounded through frequent live shows.
He has been a Pollstar Top 100 grossing concert act since 2001, reaching #28 in 2003 before television commitments forced him to cut back his touring schedule.
Carrington lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife and three sons.