"Ya'll been to the internet lately?" As drawled Friday night to a sold-out Thalia Hall audience by comedian and Facebook/YouTube sensation Trae Crowder — better known to many as "The Liberal Redneck" — this simple question was enough to ellicit resounding cheers. "Turns out not everybody is on board with me," he said, before detailing how both regressive conservatives and uppity "ultra-liberal Portland baristas" think he's a phony, a gimmicky internet comedian playing a part for the glory of likes, shares and money. "Growing up where and how I did, I never thought in a million years I would have to defend being a redneck to anyone," he declared with a mixture of comic amazement and frustration. Crowder, who grew up poor in a small town in rural Tennessee, shot to stardom a little over a year ago in the most modern of ways: a viral video. In the video, a shirtless Crowder, standing on his back porch, goes on an expletive-laden rant about "this transgender bathroom mess." The reaction to the video was immediate and impressive. What was even more impressive, especially by internet fame standards, was how Crowder took his newfound celebrity and ran with it. Not only did he consistently put out videos that kept his fan base fed and growing, he locked down a sitcom deal with Fox TV and joined forces with his comedy partners Corey Ryan Forrester and Drew Morgan to launch a stand-up tour (the WellRED Comedy Tour) and pen a book ("The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark"). This guy may have jokes about his pill-poppin' momma, but he ain't just a flash in the meth pan. "Clearly I'm a different type of redneck," he said at one point, highlighting the juxtaposition that has intrigued Northerners and excited like-minded Southerners: Here's a man with a thick Southern twang fiercely espousing progressive ideas. But in interview after interview, he's made it clear that he's not unique. And on the WellRED Comedy Tour, Crowder's got proof in Forrester and Morgan, two comedians who share his combination of liberalism and redneckedness. Though Crowder performed last — and is by far the biggest name on the bill — each of the three men performed for roughly the