The “WellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie with Love” made a stop at Washington’s DC’s Kennedy Center on Friday, July 20, 2018. The tour stop was a featured portion of the annual Kennedy Center District Comedy Festival.
The comedian trio Trae Crowder, Corey Ryan Forrester, and Drew Morgan, referring to themselves as Liberal Rednecks, showcased a natural going comedy style which, not only was funny but, was also informative.
Opening the show and serving as our master of ceremonies was Corey Ryan Forrester. Of the trio, Forrester is the most animated and vulgar. Ideally, this worked in Forrester’s favor because an opening act needs to fire up the crow. Forrester succeeded in that regard. One of Forrester’s funniest bits involved Chick-fil-a and protests. I wasn’t familiar with Forrester before, but he has earned a new fan in me. I look forward to watching his journey as a comedian.
Drew Morgan was next on the bill. He was the weakest comedian, in my opinion. Morgan, who comes from a Southern Baptist background, didn’t connect with the audience as much as Trae Crowder, and Corey Ryan Forrester did. Morgan is a talented comedian, but his jokes provided more of a chuckle as opposed to burst of hilarious laughter. There are also numerous dead moments in Morgan’s set, never a good sign during a comedy show. The audience around me seemed to be engaged in Morgan’s set, but for me, he just wasn’t as funny as his counterparts.
Closing out the night was the viral sensation and comedian Trae Crowder. I first noticed Crowder’s back in 2016 when he made a YouTube video discussing transgender bathroom issues. Since then, I’ve followed Crowder’s rise to fame. I truly appreciate his willingness to call out our current administration without fear of backlash. Initially I expected the majority of Crowder’s set to be aimed at our current president; instead, Crowder’s set featured a few jokes towards the president. Crowder’s set included highlights about growing up in the south, his newfound celebrity, and his attempts to educate some of his old friends back home in Tennessee. One of the funniest bits in Crowder’s set tied together those who are against the “Black Lives Matter” movement but enjoyed The Dukes of Hazzard.
The “WellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie with Love” was a great night out filled with laughs and social commentary. Walking into the show, I expected a night with redneck caricatures and stereotypical southern jokes; instead, I walked out with a new found respect for these country boys.
Final Grade: B-