wellRED: From Dixie With Love

October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Englert Theatre

Iowa City Book Festival Event

Tickets available through The Englert Theater. 
Englert Theater Box Office

Stand-up comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester, will talk about their best-selling book, Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin’ Dixie Outta the Dark. This year’s tour, “wellRED: From Dixie With Love​,” is about celebrating everything great about the South and telling stories from a place of love. It’s about dancing to country music at a gay wedding. It’s about loving your neighbor whether you have the same religion, skin color, or sexual preference, as long as they cheer for the same college football team (Go Vols!).  It is about leaving behind bigotry, but remembering the fried okra.

Trae Crowder grew up in rural Tennessee and has been writing and performing comedy for six years while also working for the federal government. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college and earn an MBA. After his “Liberal Redneck” videos went viral, he appeared on a number of television and radio shows. He lives in East Tennessee with his wife and two young sons.

Corey Ryan Forrester has been writing and performing stand-up comedy since he was sixteen and hails from North Georgia. He helped his mother and sister run their family bakery in his hometown of Chickamauga while hawking jokes at night in dingy bars and has an affinity for Southern wit and storytelling.

Drew Morgan is a stand-up comedian, writer, and husband from rural East Tennessee. He draws on his experiences as a small-town son of a preacher man and former public defender to weave together stories with jokes and observations on culture, religion, and identity. He splits time between New York City and Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife Andi and dog Mick Jagger Pup. 

Prairie Lights will have books for sale at the event.