You can take the boy out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the boy… Stand-up comedian Dusty Slay grew up on Lot 8 of a mobile home neighborhood in Opelika, Alabama, and his observational comedy and eternally optimistic outlook is peppered with ironies: growing up poor, a love for both hard-core country and classic rock, a career history peppered with jobs like waiting tables and selling pesticides, and what counts as fashion-forward thinking in his world. The trucker hat, long hair and mustache, flannel shirt and oversized glasses aren’t affectations to cultivate a stage persona as the B-side of a 1970-something Bob Seger single—it’s just Slay.
“There’s still a lot of jokes to come. I looked at everything as experience,” he says. “Let’s not get mad about it, let’s enjoy it.”
In 2019, at age 36, Slay became the youngest comedian to ever perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry Stage in his adopted hometown of Nashville. He’s performed many times in front of “my people” at the Holy Land of country music and was also tapped to host CMA Festival’s Forever Country Stage in 2019 to keep fans laughing between appearances by the biggest stars in country music.
The breakout comedian’s Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring premiered May 16, 2019. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing, and Laughs on Fox, as well as regular stints on The Bob & Tom Radio Show and a host of live appearances across the country.
Dusty was picked as one of 2019’s Top Comics to Watch by Variety Magazine.