Finding black history at each tour stop

Rodney Perry gives context to his act.


Given the competitive nature of the comedy business having a unique hook is essential. Rodney Perry, performing at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Beavercreek on Friday through Sunday, thinks he’s found his niche with his current show.

“You’re always trying to connect the dots with fans, and I wanted to give the comedy more purpose,” he said. “There are little nuggets of black history in every city. For The Black Tour we’re going to comedy clubs around the country and getting out into the city during the day to find one of those nuggets. Taking the historical look gives me an opportunity to cover different stuff than I’d normally talk about on stage.”

Like many of his contemporaries, the Atlanta-based comedian wears multiple creative hats.

“Stand-up is my foundation, but I do a lot of other things,” he said. “I act, produce my own radio show and put on an improv class. There are 100 different ways to work and keep creative, if you’re open to it.”

Perry has also embraced advances in social media.

“It’s about keeping yourself out there,” he said. “As artists we have unprecedented access to our fans. A few years ago, you had to be on television to make any headway. Nowadays you can have a great YouTube channel and be a household name. You can go viral on one afternoon, and it can change your life.”

The Chicago native is finalizing his comedy special “Rodney Perry All the Way Live.”

“We shot it (NBA) All-Star weekend,” Perry said. “I brought in a live band. I’m going to have a sketch comedy element connected to the stand-up special, as well. We’re looking to get that out in the next couple of months. I’m really proud of it. People will be able to go, ‘OK, this is what this guy’s about.’ It’s going to be my calling card to the world.”



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