Leanne Morgan comic proves it’s never too late to make them laugh
May 20 – “How to Disappear Completely” isn’t just a wonderful song by Radiohead. This could be the theme of many middle-aged female artists. There should be a cold deal on Cameron Diaz, who retired just after turning 42 in 2014.
Acting careers sometimes barely end when Leanne Morgan tested the waters as a comic book actress in 1999 at the ripe old age of 32. Morgan, 55, focused on her three children after graduating from the University of Tennessee in the late 1980s.
Even though the quick-witted grandmother believed she would become an artist since she was a preschooler, it seemed like she was on a different path. However, while selling jewelry at a regional Texas sales event, women fell in love with her stories.
“I was talking about breastfeeding and hemorrhoids, and all of a sudden I had to be reserved,” Morgan said calling from her home in Knoxville, Tennessee. “I was talking about babies and T-ball. People were linked, and one thing led to another.”
Morgan, who will debut at the Spokane Comedy Club on Sunday, has hit the road as a clean, smart comic and signed development deals. The charismatic blonde was turning into a gamer around the age the aforementioned Diaz suspended him.
“I started late, but I’ve always been unique,” Morgan said. “Nobody talks to my demographic. I don’t have hormones. When other women talk about men, I’m talking about buying bar stools.
“In comedy, a lot of men talk about good it doesn’t matter, and women feel like they have to be mean. I’ve talked about things that are going on with my kids and my husband, and people can connect with it. it.”
Morgan riffs a bit on the latter since his children are adults. The Volunteer State native nails him with his pre-pandemic stand-up on the capture of Journey and Def Leppard with her husband. His take on how aging record artists and Baby Boomer fans have changed is perfect.
“Doing this thing about Journey, which dates back to fall 2019, gave me such a spark,” Morgan said. “He got such a response. I’ve heard from women who have seen the Eagles (in 2020) and said (Eagles guitarist) Joe Walsh looks like a pit bull. Or, I would hear women who said they had been to a KISS concert and talked about throwing up in the parking lot.
“People like me talk about the way things are now that my kids have grown up. I have my husband, who is the opposite of me since he is calm, and then there is my grand-baby. I just watch him and play with him like he’s a little toy. Hey, I love to do comedy. I knew I would eventually arrive. “
While growing up in the Nashville area in the 1970s, Morgan had constant contact with country stars. “I remember going to the mall and buying panties and bras, and who was next to me but the Mandrell sisters, who were big country stars then,” Morgan said. .
“I remember seeing Porter Wagoner eating a chocolate covered banana when I was 15, and he saw me looking at him and asked if I wanted a bite to eat. I wanted to be in their world and, deep inside, that dream was still there. “
Morgan believed she was on the right track 20 years ago when he received her first development contract. “I was going to do a sitcom with Paula Deen as my mom,” Morgan said. “But that didn’t happen. I had four TV deals. I now have a deal with Sony.”
That’s quite an accomplishment since the popular Morgan, who is a die-hard storyteller, is different from many of her younger peers who deliver terse V-jokes. “I never felt like the cool kid in school in this business,” Morgan said. “I’m not like Sarah Silverman or Chelsea Handler. I always felt like the outside was looking.”
But there is room for the bizarre and the funny. Morgan often sells her club dates and has been asked to join Jeff Foxworthy on a future tour. “I have been very fortunate to have an audience for what I do,” Morgan said.
Expect Morgan to return personal material when she performs at the Spokane Comedy Club. “I’m going to talk about my kids and being an empty nester and all the hormonal changes I go through during menopause,” Morgan said. “I can’t wait to see Spokane and get back into the comedy race.”