Much of Rollins comedic and scathing commentary stems from his tours of Americas heartland. Lately, hes been on a one-man mission to find out just how the U.S. is perceived in foreign spots like Libya, Lebanon, and Iran. And the 46-year-old Rollins -- who spent most of his twenties traveling by van -- still prefers jamming econo, with a bag on his shoulders, boots on the ground, and no entourage. A lot of interesting things happen in these countries, he says. By traveling alone, Im saying Im ready to be friends with you. Im here to say hello to you. Maybe youll want to say hello to me.
And they often do. Onstage, Rollins relates an encounter from a recent international jaunt that involved an awkward exchange he had with a displaced Iraqi cab driver in Sweden. It was just a weird, surreal conversation, he recalls. This is why I travel: So I can come back to the stage and say, OK -- heres what happened the other day in Stockholm.
Thu., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., 2007