|Birth name||Truett S. Beasley, Jr.|
Andalusia, Alabama, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, radio, television|
|Genres||Observational, country comedy|
|Subject(s)||Culture of the Southern United States, everyday life, family|
Truett S. Beasley, Jr. (born 1953) better known by his stage name, Killer Beaz, an American stand-up comedian. He has a strong southern accent and a strong following in the southern United States.
Life and career
Beasley was born to Truett S. Beasley and Gwen Norman Beasley in Andalusia, Alabama in 1953. Beasley's father was a Korean War veteran and captain with the Jackson Police Department, as well as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. His mother was a public school teacher. He graduated from Wingfield High School in 1972, where he was voted the "wittiest" of the class. During his adolescence, he worked as an ambulance technician and at a funeral home. He began his career as a musician, playing guitar in a blues band. He received his stage name from an audience member who declared a guitar lick to be, "Killer, Beaz!" He first performed in 1982 when a bar owner requested a comedian perform. With no real outlets for comedy in his home state, he spent time opening for musical groups and at pool halls. After seeing comedian Jay Leno perform in Chicago in the early 1980s, he had an "epiphany" and relocated to Nashville, where he was embraced for his strong accent.
As his career developed, he made hundreds of appearances on The Nashville Network and CMT. He appeared on over 100 television programs and is known for the catchphrase "save up." On the 1996 album NASCAR: Hotter Than Asphalt, Killer Beaz recorded a song called "Save Up" backed up by Lynyrd Skynyrd. His parents were both killed in 2005 by a drunk driver driving a semi-trailer truck. The incident left him unwilling to perform for over a year, and he went into a period of "semi-retirement." He was briefly a part of the WQYK Morning Show in Tampa, Florida in 2009.
- Save Up! (2000)
- Shaken, Not Stirred (2002)
- Original Artist Hit List (2003)
- Don’t Ever Touch Anybody You Don’t Know (2013)
- Walter de Gruyter & Co. (1999). Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, Volume 12. Mouton de Gruyter, ISSN 0933-1719
- Staff report (October 6, 1993). Killer Beaz hits the road with jokes, family. Charlotte Observer
- Staff report (July 5, 2005). Mr. Truett S. Beasley and Mrs. Gwen Norman Beasley. McDuffie Mirror
- Maron, Marc (May 23, 2012). Episode 282: Killer Beaz. WTF with Marc Maron
- Linda Sickler (April 23, 2015). "Comedian Killer Beaz returns to Savannah for special comedy event". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- Duncan Strauss (November 3, 1988). "Comedy: The Clubbing of America". Rolling Stone (538). Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- Jacob Threadgill (June 7, 2015). "Killer Beaz reflects on career before homecoming show". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- Watts, Cindy (Apr 16, 2007). Killer Beaz invades Zanies with clean comedy.
- Lawrence Specker (September 10, 2013). "Y'all! Mobile-based comedian Killer Beaz is back on the scene with crackling new live album". Press-Register. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- "Killer Beaz Joins WQYK Morning Show". All Access Music Group. October 15, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- Lawrence Specker (September 23, 2010). "Killer Beaz brings comedy to Battle House on Saturday". Press-Register. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
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