Rod Man’s comedy is easy on the ears.
Maybe it’s his Georgia drawl. Maybe it’s his mission to “spread more funny.” Whatever his secret is, it’s working for the winner of the most recent season of “Last Comic Standing” on NBC.
Rod Man will be appearing at Tacoma Comedy Club for three nights next week. His numerous other appearances include HBO’s “The Bad Boys of Comedy,” Martin Lawrence’s “1st Amendment Stand Up” for Starz, Nick Cannon’s “Wild ’N Out” for MTV, and “The World Stands Up” for BBC America.
He also appeared in the 2009 feature film “Funny People” with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. The newspaper caught up with him by phone in New York City.
A: Observational, conversational comedy. I’m just up there weaving my stories and stuff I have observed on the way.
A: That’s always the beginning for a comedian — you’ll find out whether you love it or not. You can get booed … not be funny. At my first open mic, every comedian who went on stage had a drink in their hand. So, I tried to have a drink in my hand. Somehow the drink fell and broke on stage. Somebody had to come and clean it up, and I had to get back in to my set. Not a particularly good opening night. But I learned from that not to drink on stage.
A: They are everywhere you look.
A: You just don’t have a uniform. That’s the only difference. We’re being trained. Without a handbook. That’s the world we live in.
A: It’s made more people aware of my comedy. People want to know more. More people coming out. It’s been a whirlwind. My audience has broadened.
A: Funny doesn’t have a color. But I had started off on the urban side. In Atlanta, the audiences are all black. I did the “Def Comedy Jam,” “Showtime at the Apollo,” BET “Comic View” and then I started broadening my comedy because I thought it has to be bigger than this. Now I have people who supported me from the beginning and new fans. It’s a beautiful marriage.
A: Not really. I find that mainstream audiences are more into listening. So you can set up a story. But my style has always been the same. I do need to enunciate a little better. I have an accent. I’m from the South. I work on my vernacular every day.
A: One of the things from winning (“Last Comic Standing”) is a development deal with NBC to bring me to television. That’s what we’re working on: a sitcom. I’m just here to spread more funny and spread more love. Funny love. That’s what I’m going to do in Tacoma.