Bringing a mixture of laughter and music to the masses is what comedian Rodney Carrington is all about. Playing Lake of the Ozarks only once over the course of his 30 year career, he plans on reminding everyone exactly why he has been worth the wait.

Bringing a mixture of laughter and music to the masses is what comedian Rodney Carrington is all about. Playing Lake of the Ozarks only once over the course of his 30 year career, he plans on reminding everyone exactly why he has been worth the wait.

Playing Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton on Friday, June 15, Carrington only needs two things to make his show a success- a microphone and his guitar.

A native of Longview, Texas, the comedian was studying theater in college, before dropping out to try his hand at stand-up comedy at age 20 in 1988.

"There's gotta be something wrong with people who go into the entertainment world to begin with, because in the beginning, it's all about 90% failure," said Carrington.

His early days consisted of traveling alone and sleeping in his truck, but being on stage felt right.

"I was trying everything I could think of and I would do almost anything to get a laugh during those early days, if I coulda juggled I'd have done it," admits Carrington.

Yet, it was by bringing a guitar on stage and adding funny lyrics to simple melodies that put a stamp on what would become his signature style. Joking that he still doesn't know how to play the guitar, Carrington says his biggest influence over the course of his life has been Elvis Presley.

"I don't have a long list of comedians or entertainers that I was influenced by, I was influenced more by every day people and Elvis."

Playing the club circuit religiously for 10 years, it wasn't until 1998 while appearing on the nationally syndicated radio show with 'Bob & Tom' that his career started to take off.

"It was definitely syndicated radio that that got me out of the club circuit," said Carrington.

Signing with a major record label in 1998, the singer and comedian has had a slew of Top 10 comedy albums and has even reached platinum status with his Greatest Hits CD.

He had his own ABC sitcom titled 'Rodney' from 2004-2006, but says he doesn't miss Hollywood very much at all.

"It was a fun show, but I don't do well with people who think that they are really important and there's a lot of them out there. I like being independent and just like to make people laugh. I truly just want to see people who want to see me. I didn't start doing comedy for fame, I did it because I loved and enjoyed it. Still do," he said.

As for his classic comedic songs, Carrington pulls from nothing but real life experience that he's lived through.

"Everything comes from pulling it out of my life, I can't make this stuff up," he said.

As for anyone living or visiting at Lake of the Ozarks and wanting to see his show in June, Carrington wants people to be forewarned, "If you come out and you're hurtin', there's gonna be a healin'."

Now residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carrington enjoys playing golf and spending time with his three sons who range in age from 19-24. Turning 50 years-old in October of this year, Carrington says the secret to longevity in any business is simple, "Be nice."

Tickets are currently on sale at www.ticketfly.com for the 9 p.m. concert on June 15. The event is for mature audiences only, ages 18 and over.