Rodney Perry, a veteran comic, was last seen on TV as the sidekick for Mo’Nique on her BET talk show, which aired from 2009 to 2011.
Perry is back as host of a new stand-up comedy show on Atlanta-based Bounce TV called “Off the Chain” debuting Monday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m.
This is a revamping of a similar show Bounce aired earlier this year called “Uptown Comic,” hosted by Joe Torry. Local comedy club Uptown Comedy Corner is still involved booking the comics. Gary Abdo, Uptown owner, said he was given a bigger budget this time around and was able to fly in more comics from around the country. (The first season was mostly regional comics.) The new show is shot in the same place as the old one: Center Stage in Midtown.
“We’re not reinventing the wheel,” Perry said. “It’s three or four comics and a host. But I am more than just a host introducing people.”
It will be family friendly but adult, targeting 24 to 40 year olds, he said. DJ Traci Steele will provide the music.
“Off the Chain” will have a 12-episode weekly run on Bounce.
Perry’s thrilled to be on a new network. “I feel like I just bought stock in Apple!” he said.
In 2009, Perry moved from Inglewood, Calif. to Cobb County with his wife and four younger kids for the “Mo’Nique Show” and decided to stay even after the show was inexplicably axed. “I didn’t want to uproot them again,” he said. “It’s a great place to raise a family.”
Perry would not provide me the skinny on why the “Mo’Nique Show” died last year. I have not seen any explanation from BET or Mo’Nique.
“Mo’Nique helped build my brand,” he said, “and got me more name recognition. I can play bigger shows here and there. And I was able to get a role on ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family.’ ”
And like all standups, he said if TV and film roles dry up, “I can always tell a joke.” (He also holds up a weekly improv class at the Green Room in Buckhead next to Frank Ski’s restaurant at 2 p.m. Wednesdays.)
Down the road, Perry would like to produce shows himself, like that other guy whose last name is Perry in town – Tyler. “We are not related,” he said. “There was no nepotism when I did ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family.’ I am way shorter – but 10 times better looking!”
“Off the Chain”
9 p.m. Mondays, Bounce TV