Comedian Kountry Wayne (Wayne Colley) got his start on Facebook, making short videos about lifes inconvenient and unfortunate moments, like catching a girlfriends friend naked in their house. The skits Colley created, many featuring him in these situations with his thick Georgia drawl and funny expressions, were shared heavily and made him recognizable, bringing him to the attention of other celebrities who hes since befriended. The 34-year old from Waynesboro, Georgia, is coming to the Louisville Palace this Saturday, March 5, for his Straight Out the Mud tour. LEO caught up with Colley to discuss his career, tour and how regular experiences like dating, pregnancy scares, etc. become part of his show. Colley is the father of 10 kids (ages 16 to 1 years old).
LEO: Tell us about growing up in small-town Georgia and how you found your way to the comedy stage.
Kountry Wayne Colley: Well, as a child, I was always making people laugh real easy. I got older, I was trying to do the music, but I put up a video one day, [inaudible] its funny and people liked that more than my music. So I was like, Hey, this must be the way.
My dad was a standup comedian and his family was big and loud and always funny. Did you have a similar experience?
Oh yeah. My whole family, they were always drunk.
Your videos deal with so many real life situations, some every day, and others more risque. How did you choose those topics?
I kind of listened to the people. Thats why I always went on what my and other Black families... I just go off what Ive seen, heard and, I just, I put it back to the people.
Have you had any negative backlash?
Yeah, at first, when I first started, people would say, how can you believe in Jesus and put out this kind of content, about the infidelity, etc. People when they realized I didnt care, or respond, cause I dont care what people said. I talk about whats on my heart. Whatever dont kill you, aint gonna kill you.
Youre writing a book?
Oh yeah. The book comes out 2023. So, its about my life, my craft and how I came up from poverty, have another (inaudible), women, my experiences and the way I think. Its just my life story, how I came up and stuff like that. And me growing up in a small town, making it out and with my tactics and my beliefs and just spreading it to the world.
So youre the father of nine kids? Did you come from a big family?
10. Yeah, my dad had a lot of kids and, you know, I had a bunch of cousins and all that. When my kids link up, its like a party around here.
What can people expect from the show?
The unexpected. Im going to make people laugh so goddern hard. They all know that Im speaking the truth. The truth will set you free, but the truth might hurt. Im going to tell you the truth. Its the skits, times 10. I cant show everything, but I can tell it on stage.
Comedian Kountry Wayne performs at the Louisville Palace at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Tickets start at $35.50.
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