Trey Kennedy

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Trey Kennedy
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Kennedy in 2020
BornNovember 17, 1992
Edmond, Oklahoma
MediumStand-up
NationalityAmerican
EducationOklahoma State University
Years active2011-present
GenresChristian comedy, sketch comedy, observational comedy
Websitehttps://treykennedy.com/

Trey Kennedy is a comedian, actor and singer, known for his YouTube and TikTok videos.[1][2] He emerged on the video sharing app, Vine, but after its shutdown, he transitioned to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Early life[edit]

Kennedy is from Edmond, Oklahoma.[3][4] He has described himself as a "shy kid" who never thought he would be an entertainer.[5] Kennedy played basketball during his childhood.[6] He has one sister, Kaci Lynn.[7] Kennedy attended Oklahoma State University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi and began making videos on Vine with his friends.[8][4] After Vine ended, Kennedy continued to make comedic videos and release them on Facebook and Instagram.[4] Kennedy later received an MBA from Oklahoma State University, where he was on the board of the Master’s of Business Administration Association.[9]

Career[edit]

Kennedy began singing in 2011, at age 19, performing pop and rhythm and blues.[3] He did not sing when he was growing up, and his family was not very musical.[10][11] His college friends encouraged him to pursue singing after hearing him sing along to the radio, and he entered a charity contest during which he was well received.[11][12] In 2016, Kennedy released an EP, Take Me to the River. Kennedy has also released several singles.[5][11] He has stated that he is working on a music project with a producer in his home state of Oklahoma.[11] Kennedy started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project.[11]

Beginning in 2017, Kennedy frequently collaborated with John Crist.[13][14][15] Together, the comedians have released several viral videos, including one about bachelorette parties in Nashville.[16][17] Additionally, Kennedy joined Crist on several of his 2018 tour dates.[18][19] Kennedy has also done several collaboration videos with King Bach.[11]

In 2019, Kennedy began hosting a podcast, Correct Opinions with Trey Kennedy, which is produced by Studio71.[4] According to Chartable, the podcast has been in the top 100 for comedy podcasts in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain.[20]

Kennedy has done several stand-up appearances, including a November 2019 appearance in Madison, Wisconsin.[21]

Kennedy's January 2019 video, "Moms", had over 4.8 million views on Facebook.[22] Another video of Kennedy's that mocks middle school students received over 14 million views.[4] The video led to more videos about middle school students,[23] and in March 2020, Kennedy released a TV series, Middle School Maddox, in which Kennedy spoofs middle school angst.[24][25]

As of August 2022, Kennedy has 3.5 million followers on TikTok, 240.7 million total views on YouTube, and over 4.7 million Facebook followers.[4][26][27][28]

Kennedy's 2020 tour, the “Are You For Real?” tour, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[29][30] It was originally announced in January 2020 and was scheduled to begin on March 11, 2020.[28]

Books[edit]

  • Dads Be Like: 'Tis the Season to be Swaggy (2018)
  • Girls Be Like

Tours[edit]

Trey Kennedy performed at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois on October 7, 2021.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2019, Kennedy announced his engagement to Katie Byrum, a biomedical engineer.[13][4] Trey and Katie were married in a private ceremony on May 23, 2020. The day was purportedly extra special for Katie as she wore the same veil that her mother and grandmother wore on their wedding days.[31] Kennedy is based in Kansas City,[15] and as a result is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.[32] Kennedy is a Christian.[33][26]

Discography[edit]

  • Take Me to the River (EP) (2016)

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Ref.
2020 Middle School Maddox Maddox [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trey Kennedy". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Scagell, Julie (March 20, 2020). "Trey Kennedy Nails How Every Mom In America Feels During Corona Quarantine". Yahoo! News. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Keys, Elizabeth (May 1, 2014). "THE SPOTLIGHT: Trey Kennedy mixes pop and R&B". Stillwater News Press. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Slater Tate, Allison (February 11, 2020). "This 27-year-old single guy nails impressions of moms and middle schoolers". Today Show. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TREY KENNEDY, INTERNET COMEDY STAR & RISING MUSICIAN". Media Kix. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Henley, Tim (August 18, 2007). "Oklahoma teenagers realize hoop dreams with title win". The Oklahoman. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Rich, Cassidy. "10 Random Things To Know About Trey Kennedy". The Odyssey. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Gregory, Dakota (April 24, 2018). "The First Step: OSU students give insight on starting a business in college". O'Colly Media Group. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "MBA Association announces newly elected officers for 2016". Oklahoma State University. December 11, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  10. ^ "#LifeAtComplex: Social Media Star Trey Kennedy Visits the Office". Complex. March 6, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Lacy, Dwayne (August 22, 2017). "Trey Kennedy Sings: An Exclusive Interview". NRT. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "Spring Sing hits campus". O'Colly. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Klett, Leah MarieAnn (September 6, 2019). "Christian comedian Trey Kennedy announces surprise engagement: 'God is so so good!'". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  14. ^ MOGHADDAMI, Victoria. "Comic John Crist Reveals He's Getting a Netflix Special (Exclusive)". PopCulture. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  15. ^ a b "If Bible characters had iPhones ... who would rate?". Eternity News. February 15, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  16. ^ Meyer, Holly (September 19, 2018). "Every Nashville Bachelorette: Comedian John Crist spoofs Nashville's bachelorettes in new video". The Tennesseean. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  17. ^ Moghaddimi, Victoria. "Comic John Crist Gets Frank on How He Paired up With Social Media Personality Trey Kennedy (Exclusive)". PopCulture. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  18. ^ "John Crist Announces "Immature Thoughts Tour"". The Christian Beat. June 23, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  19. ^ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/treynkennedy/posts/joining-my-twin-john-crist-on-a-few-tour-stops-come-hang-tickets-here-httpwwwjoh/1515436435229689/. Retrieved April 26, 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Correct Opinions with Trey Kennedy". Chartable. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  21. ^ Lutz, Zach (November 5, 2019). "Highlighting Madison's biggest music, comedy acts this November". Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  22. ^ Tarlton, Amanda (January 22, 2019). "This Comedian's Hilarious Imitation of Moms Is Absolutely Perfect". Fatherly. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  23. ^ Pahr, Kristi (September 27, 2019). "This Parody of Middle School Angst Is So Accurate it Hurts". Yahoo! News. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  24. ^ a b "'MIDDLE SCHOOL MADDOX' BY COMEDIAN TREY KENNEDY IS COMING SOON!". Premier Productions. March 12, 2020. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  25. ^ "Watch Trey Kennedy's Genuinely Hilarious Christian Comedy". WayNation. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  26. ^ a b Demopoulos, Alaina (August 11, 2019). "Feel Their Faith in 15 Seconds: Meet The Christians Conquering TikTok". Daily Beast. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  27. ^ Guzman, Angela. "Hilarious TikTok Accounts You Need to Follow". Beliefnet. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  28. ^ a b Robinson, Dominiq (January 30, 2020). "Comedian Trey Kennedy announces 2020 The Are You For Real Tour". AXS. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  29. ^ Bolling, Cristina (March 12, 2020). "Cancellations mount for Charlotte arts groups due to order over mass gatherings". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  30. ^ "TREY KENNEDY: THE ARE YOU FOR REAL? TOUR POSTPONED". Experience Columbus. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  31. ^ Rice, Lilyanne (August 10, 2020). "Everything about Trey Kennedy and his wife Katie Byrum". The Netline. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  32. ^ Conner, Matt. "Travis Kelce surprises Chiefs fans with wedding announcement". Arrowhead Addict. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  33. ^ "OHN CRIST AND TREY KENNEDY TRAVEL THROUGH TARGET AS "SINGLE GIRLS ON VALENTINES DAY"". NGEN Radio. February 14, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2020.

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