Dennis Carney isn’t a big fan of what comics refer to as “blue” material.
In other words, the 72-year-old standup comic from Savage likes to keep it clean.
“A comedian friend told me a long time ago, if you have to use the F-word to get a laugh, you might as well quit right now,” he said.
Carney will be bringing his PG-rated routine to Rosemount’s Steeple Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Rosemount Area Arts Council’s first “Comedy Club” event.
He’ll be joined at the show by two other comics – William Hill and Pizpor the Magician – from his Car-Den Productions comedy group, which hosts standup events throughout the Twin Cities about twice a month.
Hill, an impressionist, does comedic takes on celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rodney Dangerfield.
Renaissance Festival veteran Pizpor the Magician is billed as “the finest magician to ever emerge from the tick-infested forests of northern Minnesota.” He’s a comic magician whose act hinges on flubbing sleights of hand and stage illusions.
“He’s a very good magician, but things always go wrong,” Carney said.
Carney, who retired in 2000 after nearly four decades working in the production department at the Pioneer Press, said he got interested in doing comedy after joining Toastmasters, the nonprofit which aims to build public speaking and leadership skills.
Carney began honing his standup skills at open-mic nights at Twin Cities comedy venues such as the Joke Joint and Acme Comedy Club. Recruiting some of the other comics he met at those events, Carney formed the Car-Den troupe and started staging his own shows.
A fan of Jack Benny and Jay Leno, Carney said self-effacing humor is at the heart of his act.
“Basically, I poke fun at myself,” he said.
The Jan. 25 show is the first of what Rosemount Area Arts Council members hope will be a series of comedy nights. A second event featuring the Car-Den comics is scheduled for March 8.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 show are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, and online at www.rosemountarts.com.