KEARNEY — Saturday’s Rodney Carrington show at the Viaero Event Center had some people saying Carrington’s humor might be well-suited somewhere other than central Nebraska.
After his first few minutes of material drew little laughter from the 3,400 people in attendance, Carrington reminded the audience that he was what they had come for. Still his blend of obscenity and sometimes juvenile humor didn’t appear to go over well with the large crowd. At one point, an audience member shouted out “Too much.”
“I may be going a bit too far. Some of you might leave,” replied Carrington, immediately shifting subjects to something a bit less crass.
“I’m a little offended,” said Ashley Wilson of Palmer, who said that Carrington’s vulgar material fell short of her expectations. “I heard enough of that in high school.”
Wilson and several others said they enjoyed opening comedian, Drew Thomas more than Carrington. “He was hilarious,” Wilson said.
A more relatable routine from Atlanta comedian Thomas invoked thunderous laughter and applause throughout the short warm-up set. Thomas’ jokes hit closer to home, riffing on subjects such as marriage and dieting.
“I expected Carrington to be offensive. It’s a redneck thing,” said Angie Robins of Holdrege. “But I thought Thomas was much funnier than Carrington tonight.”
“I had never heard of him, but he really blew the crowd away,” said Wilson’s husband, Travis Frederick. The young couple came for Carrington, but found Thomas’ brand of humor easier to take.
Carrington did seem to please the crowd in his last 20 minutes, when he pulled out his guitar to play a few of the songs that helped him rise to fame. The comedian played five songs, covering Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” as an ode to Salma Hayek’s chest before convincing some audience members to bare their own chests during “Show Them to Me.”
Only a handful of women were daring enough to lift their tops, which has become a key part of Carrington’s act. The men in attendance were a little less modest when given their chance to flash the comedian.
Carrington’s show was summed up when he reminded audience members that anything they did during the song might come back to haunt them when they ran into each other in public later this week.