Musical comedy is difficult. It's a lot easier to tell a joke with a punch line than it is with a verse and chorus. Weird Al Yankovic is positioned to be the genre's Bob Dylan, delivering such well-known songs such as “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “Trapped in the Drive-Thru.” And Flight of the Conchords' Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are positioned as the genre's Simon and Garfunkel with “The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room),” “Inner City Pressure” and “You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute.” Likewise, Rodney Carrington is most likely the genre's Johnny Cash, delivering such uncouth country strumming numbers as “Show Them to Me,” “Letter to My Penis” and “Put Your Clothes Back On.” Mixing plenty of low-brow redneck humor with sing-a-long melodies, Carrington is a cowboy with a knack for laughs. Sure to include jokes about getting drunk and going home with fat chicks, Carrington performs at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. $42.
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