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Dusty Slay

About the Artist

In 2018, his show-stealing showcase at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival caught the attention of Hollywood tastemakers. Still, Slay’s irreverent sense of humor developed before he even stepped on stage, through over a decade of working thankless blue-collar jobs.

Long before anyone had ever heard of TikTok, Slay dropped out of community college at eighteen years old. At 19, his plans to join the army were foiled by an arrest. By 21, he moved from his hometown of Opelika, AL, to Charleston, SC. On the coast, Slay worked as a waiter and pesticide salesman for over a decade while moonlighting as an obscure, often drunk, open-mic comedian.

It wasn’t until he quit drinking in 2012 that he started to take comedy and his unique talent for telling jokes seriously. His smooth, baritone voice and relatable stories about growing up poor in a trailer park quickly made him a local Charleston favorite. After being voted Best Local Comedian and winning the Charleston Stand Up Comedy Competition two years in a row, his well-intentioned friends and colleagues encouraged Slay to move to LA and take a shot at the big time.

While this may have been sound advice for the average aspiring artist, Dusty wanted to try to make it in comedy on his terms by living in the South without getting too far away from the home that grounded him.

Today, Slay has nearly half a million TikTok followers, four Late-night appearances, a Comedy Central set, and a Netflix half-hour special. He enjoys selling comedy clubs across America on weekends, then chills out at home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Hannah and daughter Daisy. He’s even a regular at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, sharing the stage with the musicians he grew up loving.