with special guest, Jersey “The Haitian Sensation”
Saturday, February 24 at 7 & 9 p.m.
The phrase, “gotta laugh to keep from crying” could easily be any comedian’s mantra, but for one Louisiana-transplant Rodney Perry, the tracks of his tears have led him on a passionate journey to the top of his game.
Born in Chicago, Perry grew to be a rambunctious kid. His teacher noticed his funny nature and made a deal with him. If he would “shut up throughout the course of the day” he would get to perform for his classmates. Perry accepted that deal and his comedy career was born.
But Perry really hit his early comedy stride while living in Monroe, Louisiana. Rodney Perry arrived in Louisiana as a boy, but he was destined to leave as a man. While graduating from high school, Perry was given the news that his first daughter was on the way. Says Perry, “How could I ask my mom to take care of me and my child? I had to grow up, I had to become a man in a hurry.” So Perry made a decision that would affect him for years to come; he joined the U. S. Navy.
During his eight years of service, Perry was also honing his skills as a comedian. As his second tour wound down, Perry felt it was time to take what he calls a “Leap of Faith.” He exited the Navy, packed up his small family and moved to Hollywood. Well, actually Inglewood.
Two years later, Perry’s fortunes improved after his “wake-up call” from an encounter with an amputee at the Veterans Administration, who asked Perry, “Why aren’t you doing what you were set on this earth to do?” After that, Rodney began doing any and everything in the world of comedy. He was an audience warm-up act, a radio personality, a writer, but mostly a full-fledged Professional Stand-Up Comedian.
Rodney Perry has had the opportunity to learn the comedy business from some of the best. His first job in Hollywood was serving as writer/warm-up guy for Kym Whitley’s show, Oh Drama on BET. Perry later served as the opening act for George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey and others.
Currently, Perry calls Atlanta home when he’s not performing sold-out shows across the country or hosting his popular online radio show, Rodney Perry Live. His career has opened many doors for him, from his work as co-host of Who’s Got Jokes or BET’s Mo’Nique Show, to his starring role as “Harold” in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.
Even though Perry is a sought out actor/host, he remains a comedian at heart. He is currently preparing for his made-for-TV comedy special, No More Mr. Nice Guy and can also be seen every Tuesday night as the current host of Bounce TV’s Off the Chain!
All guests must be at least 21 years old to enter Theater, or to watch shows at Bar 360 or The Fire Pit's side bar. All tickets are sold with a no return or exchange policy. All schedules/times are subject to change at any time without notice.