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Early life and education
Crowder grew up in rural Celina, Tennessee, near the Tennessee/Kentucky border. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college and earn an MBA. In 2010, he moved to the Knoxville, Tennessee, area with his wife, Katie, and their two young sons.
In an interview for the MSNBC program The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell in May 2016, Crowder attributed his liberal political views to the "abject poverty" of his family during his childhood in rural middle Tennessee.
Another major influence on his progressive social beliefs, he claimed, was his close relationship with his gay uncle. Crowder explained that he had personally never "been particularly down with Jesus" because of the conservative social views on homosexuality held by most Christian denominations, especially in the area where he was raised.
In 2010, Crowder got his start as a stand up comedian following an open mic night at Side Splitters comedy club in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was after this that he evolved his main character, described as: The Liberal Redneck. His trademark comedic monologues have garnered both controversy and cumulative views now in the millions on YouTube. After his Liberal Redneck videos went viral, he appeared on a number of television and radio shows.
On November 11, 2016, Crowder was a guest on the HBO series, Real Time with Bill Maher, where he discussed his book and gave his "redneck" take on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, held three days earlier. He appeared on the program again in March 2018.
He is currently on the WellRED Comedy Tour with fellow comedians and writing partners Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester.
- The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark (2016)
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- "Knox 'Liberal Redneck' Trae Crowder lands sitcom about his life". Knoxville News Sentinel. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- Madeline Berg (October 14, 2016). "The Liberal Redneck: How Left-Wing Politics And A Southern Twang Helped Trae Crowder Go Viral".
- "'Liberal Redneck' Trae Crowder lands 'hillbilly' gig for N.Y. Daily News". Knoxville News Sentinel. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "Real Time with Bill Maher: November 11, 2016 (HBO)". YouTube. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
- "'The Liberal Redneck Manifesto' coming to bookshelves". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
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