When Donald Trump took aim at protesting NFL players, Trae Crowder saw what was really important to the president: "frequent, spontaneous opportunities to be explicitly racist in public."
Trump is a "carny-handed mango man." Sen. Ted Cruz is a "murder lizard." Vice President Mike Pence is a "Stone Age zealot lunatic." Confederate monuments are "participation trophies for crime against humanity. I tell you what, I'm glad Dale Earnhardt ain't here to see this shit."
- WellRED Comedy Tour
This is how Crowder's signature character, the Liberal Redneck, sees the world in what is now a series of signature YouTube videos in which Crowder "hollers into the void." Crowder's video on transgender bathroom usage exploded in April 2016. Since then, his Liberal Redneck videos have been watched more than 115 million times.
Last October, Crowder and his friends and writing partners, Corey Forrester and Drew Morgan, released a book The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark. The trio (under the WellRED Comedy banner) toured the country last year bringing their twangy, progressive stand-up to audiences who sometimes didn't know what to make of them.
"People around the rest of this country don't know a goddamn thing about the American South," Crowder said in a video called "In Defense of Dixie."
The new tour, "From Dixie With Love" stops in Memphis Saturday. The WellRED boys say the tour is "about being down with fried okra and civil liberties," and it's like "dancing to country music at a gay wedding."
"WELLRED COMEDY TOUR: FrOM DIXIE WITH LOVE" AT THE NEW DAISY THEATER, SATURDAY, OCTober 7th, $30-$50, WELLREDCOMEDY.COM