ROD MAN

‘BRING­ING THE FUNNY’

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­freep­ress.com or 423-757-6354.

You might think that af­ter win­ning “Last Comic Stand­ing,” as Rod Man did on Sea­son 8 four years ago, that the hard work might have been be­hind him. Not so, he says in a tele­phone in­ter­view. “It’s work, work, work. I’m just out here work­ing, try­ing to get bet­ter,” he says. “It’s a jour­ney that never stops.” Since his win, Ro d Man has been a reg­u­lar at the Com­edy Catch at the Chat­tanooga Choo Choo, and he is bring­ing his “Truth Be Told” show there this week­end. “It will set you free,” he says. “I’m bring­ing the funny.” Rod Man be­gan his ca­reer in At­lanta, and says his show is very South­ern in its ap­proach. “We are all just sit­tin’. That’s what we do. It’s like we are just sit­tin’ around talkin’ on the porch with some­body cook­ing some meat on the grill and some­body else brings the peach cob­bler. “I bring the funny.” Work for Rod Man means trav­el­ing, do­ing his shows wher­ever he is asked, tak­ing a few act­ing classes and au­di­tion­ing for TV pi­lots. He says he re­cently parted ways with some of his team, liken­ing it to a man­ager shuf­fling his start­ing lineup.

“I saw a quote to­day from Will Smith on In­sta­gram who said ‘You are ei­ther throw­ing logs on the fire or you are [uri­nat­ing] on the fire.’ I need peo­ple around me who are fan­ning the flames.”

Rod Man has worked Cae­sar’s Palace, The Gib­son Am­phithe­ater and The Apollo Theater, and he is cur­rently the host of his own YouTube shows called “Time Out with Rod Man” and “That Good Funny.”

He has ap­peared on “The Bad Boys of Com­edy” for HBO, Martin Lawrence’s “First Amend­ment” for Starz, Nick Can­non’s “Wild ‘ N Out” for MTV, “One Mic Stand” for BET, “The Funny Spot” for TV One and “The World Stands Up” for BBC Amer­ica.

His act­ing cred­its in­clude roles in “Funny Peo­ple” (2009) with Adam San­dler and Seth Ro­gen, “The Big Black Com­edy Show, Vol. 2” (2005), and “The Choco­late Sun­daes Com­edy Show” (2013).

“It’s all about the work and be­ing funny,” he says.

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