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Southerners bring comedic view of Northern life to Dallas Theater
by Tom Spigolon
January 31, 2014 11:55 AM | 2136 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Karen Morgan
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Vic Henley
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Georgia native Karen Morgan said she was enjoying the thought of returning to the sunny South last week despite a low temperature around six degrees.

The Maine resident said the high in her state last week was six degrees.

She said she realized the difference between the two regions soon after moving there when she saw April weather conditions at the Masters golf tournament on TV and then saw the falling snow outside her window.

“I had an, ‘Oh, my God, what have I done?’ moment,” she said.

Morgan is part of the “Up Yonder Comedy Tour,” which will make a stop at the Dallas Theatre in downtown Dallas Saturday at 7 p.m. She will perform on a bill with comedian Vic Henley, who has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” and written a book with Jeff Foxworthy.

The tour’s name is derived from the fact Morgan and Henley are Southern transplants to the North. Henley, a native of Oxford, Ala., lives in New York.

What Dallas audiences will hear are funny stories about two Southerners’ life experiences, Morgan said.

“Expect to laugh about everything,” she said, noting being a full-time mother is one of her themes. “We both talk about the South.”

Both are still adjusting to Northern life and, in her case, Morgan is a full-time mother dealing with such adjustment.

“We grew up telling stories around the dinner table,” she said. “We don’t make up stories. Everything we talk about is real.”

Morgan said she mostly performs at theaters, as opposed to comedy clubs. Theater shows tend to draw a different audience, Morgan said.

“It’s cleaner, more age-appropriate,” she said of the typical theater comedy performance.

Morgan began doing stand-up later than most comedians, in her 30s, she said.

The Athens native graduated from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University Law School before working as an attorney with a Buckhead firm.

She met her now-husband on a blind date and moved with him to the Portland, Maine, area where she had three babies in three years, Morgan said. Trying stand-up comedy allowed her to get “out of the house” and temporarily away from the stress of being a mom, she said.

“I always loved stand-up. I always wanted to do it,” she said.

A call for contestants for a reality show on the Nick at Nite cable TV channel, “Search for the Funniest Mom in America,” led her to become a finalist in the show’s first season in 2005.

Henley and Morgan met when Morgan saw him on “Letterman” and invited him to perform for a benefit for a Maine cancer center she helps lead.

She said she enjoys small-town life and living in the New England state which borders Canada on the north. Some family pastimes include hunting, she said.

“Maine is actually one great big small town,” she said. “It’s just cold.”

The Dallas Theater is at 208 Main St. in Dallas.

For more information or tickets, call (678) 363-0813 or visit www.dallastheater-civiccenter.com.
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