Comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Ryan Forrester are ready to meet the people. You’ve seen Trae’s Liberal Redneck viral videos, you’ve read their weekly blog, and now you’ll see them at their best — performing stand-up comedy.
Friday, May 8
Doors at 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
*Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes n/a for this event.
Trae Crowder grew up in Celina, TN, a town sometimes described as having “more liquor stores than traffic lights” (2-0 as of the last count). Like most people from the deep rural south, Trae grew up with an affinity for literature, film, blacks, and gays. In 1998, at the age of 12 and after seeing Chris Rock on HBO, he decided he wanted to be a comedian.
Trae first gained national attention (or notoriety, depending on your viewpoint) for his “Liberal Redneck” series of viral videos. He has been performing his particular brand of Southern-fried intellectual comedy in the Southeast for well over a decade and now, of course, tours nationally with his writing and drinking partners, Corey and Drew.
Drew Morgan is a stand up comic, writer, and actor based in New York City. He can be seen on any given night in comedy clubs and bars making the funny, often performing at New York Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, and the Creek and the Cave.
Hailing from rural East Tennessee, Drew is able to draw on his experiences as a small town boy who has lived in Africa, Australia, Miami, Boston, and (currently) New York City. Weaving his stories together with observations on culture, religion, and identity, he’s like Mark Twain on acid, or just a confused southerner experiencing this thing we call existence. Drew Morgan presents his hilarious perspective without blame for anyone, except everyone.
Described as having the “alpha certainty of a football coach, (and) the fulminating zeal of a charismatic preacher,” his style is decidedly southern, extremely smart, and charmingly sarcastic. Drew has been featured as part of the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Hoboken Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival, and The Laughing Devil Comedy Festival where he was a semi-finalist. He is a good dancer.
Corey’s love for comedy started when he was a toddler watching Carson (and then Leno) from a blanket on the floor next to his daddy Dale. By 2nd grade, he had already informed his teachers that he was going to be a comedian and didn’t ever consider another profession. At age 16, he worked up the nerve to do his first open mic (lying about his age to be admitted into the club).
Corey spent the next decade hawking jokes in dingy bars and comedy clubs at night then waking up to do random jobs to supplement his income. A house painter, retail associate, motorcycle salesman, urine sample collector, flower delivery boy, hotel maid, college textbook reseller and hay bailer. At one point in his career, he ran a family bakery with his mother where he was considered the “Head Quiche Chef”.
Corey’s stand up blends humor and common sense into a high energy act that is as full of as many silly faces and goofy jokes as it is emotionally driven tangents. Under his PBR hat is a giant head, and under that are surprisingly thought-provoking rants on society, culture, and politics.