Coun­try Cool hu­mor com­ing to Com­edy Catch

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - ARTS - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­freep­ress. com or 423-757-6354.

A trio of re­gional co­me­di­ans with South­ern roots will co-head­line the Coun­try Cool Com­edy show set for the Com­edy Catch this week­end.

Tr­ish Suhr, Leanne Mor­gan and Karen Mills have been friends for more than a decade and “have stood in it, walked through it and come out the other side laugh­ing.”

Whether go­ing through can­cer, be­com­ing an empty- nester or talk­ing each other off the hor­monal ledge, they find the hu­mor in ev­ery­day life. It’s com­edy for bet­ter or worse and it’ll keep you laugh­ing as you re­late to their ex­pe­ri­ences. Their wide range of top­ics gives them a univer­sal ap­peal that any­one can en­joy.

“We are very good friends and laugh all the time off the stage,” says Mills. “Tr­ish is high-en­ergy and Leanne is more of a sto­ry­teller with a slower sort of pace. I am in be­tween.”

Each will do a 20- to 25-minute set and then the three are on­stage to­gether for an­other 15 or 20 min­utes, she said.

Suhr is a na­tive of Ken­tucky who now lives in Los An­ge­les. She uses her South­ern roots to help her nav­i­gate the big city and knows what it takes to stay in the game — spin classes, clean eat­ing and Spanx! Ac­cord­ing to Suhr, when the Spanx come off “it’s like open­ing a can of bis­cuits.”

You might know her as “The Yard Sale Diva.” This Emmy-win­ning co-host of “Clean House” ap­peared in more than 200 episodes, help­ing fam­i­lies across Amer­ica clear clut­ter, live clean and get or­ga­nized.

Suhr has ap­peared on “Good Morn­ing, Amer­ica,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” “The Marie Os­mond Show,” “Good Day LA” and “Good Day NY.”

Mor­gan is a nat­u­rally funny sto­ry­teller who gives an hon­est look at sub­ur­ban life and the chal­lenges of keep­ing her hus- band happy while juggling kids, dogs and cheer­lead­ing camp at the same time she’s rac­ing to get her hair high­lighted. She will take you on a hi­lar­i­ous walk through moth­er­hood and be­yond as she finds com- edy in the chaos.

Mor­gan ’s fun - ny- but- hon­est point of view has earned her spots on the “Dr. Phil Show” as part of his ad­vice panel. She’s also worked with Paula Deen in live the­ater shows as well as nu­mer­ous ap­pear­ances on her cook­ing shows. Mor­gan was cho­sen by the women of “The View” as one of their most hi­lar­i­ous house­wives and she was a fi­nal­ist on Nick at Nite’s “Fun­ni­est Mom in Amer­ica.” She can be heard reg­u­larly on Sir­ius/XM com­edy chan­nels.

Mills finds hu­mor in the re­al­i­ties of life. Her smart, funny, keen ob­ser­va­tions will keep you in stitches. Even ovar­ian can­cer couldn’t stop her from turn­ing pain into punch­lines and, in 2016, she was cho­sen to give her talk, “Can­cer is a Laugh­ing Mat­ter,” at TEDxChat­tanooga. Now can­cer- free, Mills brings a fast- paced com­edy style that men and women love.

Mills has been a na­tion­ally tour­ing co­me­dian for 25 years. She’s worked clubs, col­leges and the­aters across the coun­try and can be heard daily on Sir­ius/XM com­edy chan­nels. Ad­di­tion­ally, she has ap­peared on ABC, Great Amer­i­can Coun­try and Sea­son 12 of “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent.”

She was a Divi­sion 1, first-team all-Amer­i­can bas­ket­ball player at the Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga and the first wo­man in­ducted into its Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame.


Comics Tr­ish Suhr, Karen Mills and Leanne Mor­gan, from left, have been friends for more than a decade.

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