Drew Morgan threw his wife’s shawl around his shoulders when he realized he’d be on camera for the first time in a while during a Zoom interview with Trae Crowder and Corey Forrester, the other members of WellRED, a country comedy trio.
“There’s something about comics where we have to be slightly less professional than everyone else. So, in the past, that meant that we barely wore pants to our job and got drunk at work, and now that everyone’s barely wearing pants on the job and getting drunk at work, we have to go a step further,” Morgan told Knox News.
“I think this is the first time I’ve seen Drew on a Zoom call with a shirt on,” Crowder said with a laugh.
The three comedians gained internet fame in 2016 after Crowder, aka “The Liberal Redneck,” went viral with videos he made on his back porch in the Knoxville area. Crowder, a native of rural Clay County, Tennessee, had moved to the Knoxville area in 2010. He and East Tennessee native Morgan and Forrester (of Chickamauga, Georgia) had been been performing stand-up in Knoxville as part-time comedians.
For the past four years, the group has traveled and performed across the country as WellRED Comedy.
The coronavirus pandemic has made this year unlike any other, forcing WellRED to postpone shows mid-tour. However, the impending doom of a global health crisis and an upcoming election have inspired some of their most creative content yet.
WellRED knows that everyone can use a laugh, so it’s hosting “Cornteen Comedy,” a livestreamed special, on Friday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m.
Crowder, Morgan and Forrester aren’t afraid to poke the bear with their political jokes and profanity-packed humor. The three said that fans can expect material about being stuck at home with kids, social distancing as newlyweds and, of course, the responses to the pandemic.
“I think the other thing I’d add is fascism,” Morgan said. “I’m going to talk about that a lot.”
Knox News caught up with WellRED ahead of its comedy special to talk about how the group has been during the last several months and what’s next.
Keeping comedy alive amid COVID-19
Although Crowder, Morgan and Forrester have become famous for their Southern stand-up, they certainly haven’t gotten too big for their britches. The comedians have passed time in quarantine like many others — drinking and spending time with family.
Crowder has two sons who help him get away from the headlines with their “primo butt and fart jokes.” He said that no matter how badly he may feel about what’s going on in the world, his kids are always there being “the same hilarious little lunatics” every day.
“I live a ‘Happy Madison’ movie,” Crowder said. “It’s a circus in there, but a fun one.”
Crowder has also stayed busy by hosting “The Evening Skews,” a twice-weekly political talk show on Facebook Live, with comedy writer and former journalist Mark Agee.
Morgan’s life has been more like a “full Britney phase,” he joked. He’s been trying to keep up with Generation Z content creators by posting his work on the internet, but as a millennial, he says that he’s had some ups and downs.
His comedy special “Surly Across America” is available for a pay-what-you-can donation online. His “Into the Abiscuit” podcast, co-hosted by D.J. Lewis, is available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Morgan’s wife was shot by a rubber bullet at a protest, which he facetiously says he’s going to claim happened to him.
Forrester is taking this time to enjoy living as a newlywed, pursue new projects and balance between eating too little and drinking too much. He’s come up with a new character named “The Buttercream Dream.” The fictitious European wrestling champion is a spinoff of Dusty Rhodes’ persona “The American Dream” and appears in Forrester’s videos weekly. Forrester also started “Through the Screen Door,” a new podcast available on all listening apps and screendoorpod.com.
WellRED will go live for its first online show on Friday, Aug. 7, at 9 p.m. “Cornteen Comedy” tickets cost $15 and are available for purchase at rushtix.com/events/wellred.
Viewers will get to see Crowder, Morgan and Forrester debut a limited-time routine with jokes about what’s going on in the world right now, including commentary about the virus, protests and surviving quarantine.
Select audience members will be chosen from the WellRED fan club to go behind the virtual scenes and be seen by the group while it performs.
For more information about WellRED’s work and the one-night event, check out wellredcomedy.com.
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