Perimenopause, parenting and shingles — comedian Leanne Morgan finds humor in all of it.
Morgan currently has a podcast on iTunes called "Sweaty and Pissed" with her nurse practitioner whom she calls "The Hormone Whisperer."
"She has 4,000 patients and used to be an opera singer. She went on to be a voice professor at the University of Tennessee," she said in a recent phone interview from her home in Knoxville, Tenn. "I went to her and said 'let's do a podcast because so many women are struggling with this. It's informative, but it's funny, too."
And it's clean comedy.
Everything Morgan has joked about is lighthearted and the type of show that you could take your mother or grandmother to see.
That's the reason Times-News marketing director Michele Terry, who sat in on our recent phone interview, chose Morgan for the Times-News' She Expo.
The event, for women only, will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at Vailtree Event Center, 1567 Bakatsias Lane, Haw River.
"I searched for clean Christian comedians and your name came up," Terry said.
"Well, that's wonderful to know," Morgan said. "I can tell you that I am a Christian and I do clean comedy, for sure. The worst thing you may hear at my show is butthole."
Terry went on to explain that "it's a fun night out with girlfriends, a chance to eat dinner, shop and there will be door prizes."
"Girl, you had me at door prize," Morgan said.
Morgan's comedic career began when she was selling jewelry at night in other people's homes.
"You know how you have Tupperware and other things like that. Well, when I had my first baby, I was like 'this is it. I don't want to work full-time. I want to spend time with them. I had three children in 4 1/2 years and God took care of me. I started, I guess what you could call my own comedy club in these women's homes. I started telling stories and jokes and got booked so far in advance that it led to national conventions. I never thought about being a comedian but I had always enjoyed storytelling. I just didn't think it was possible for a girl from middle Tennessee to make it in comedy. But now I have the same booking agent as Chelsey Handler and I know other comedians like Amy Schumer. What a plan God had. God put me in the right place at the right time."
"I got to do what I loved and still drop my children off at school and pick them up," she said.
She even made a fan in the famous talk show host Dr. Phil.
"The folks on his show told me that he loves my point of view when it comes to parenting," she said. "I just tell the truth, though. I haven't slept since they were born. And I love my husband, but he can't do anything at home. I can remember him taking our firstborn out one day when he was about 2 years old, so I could rest. He gets home and I ask, 'what did you feed him while y'all were out?' And he was like, 'we didn't eat.' I thought — you are a great man, but you'll kill our children. Let me take care of them."
The couple has two children — one son and two daughters, ages 25, 22 and 20.
"They're yummy," she said. "I just love them to pieces."
Morgan's appearances can include church groups, women's conferences and more.
"I recently did a show at the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for a group of 1,500 senior citizens," she said in a phone interview from her home in Knoxville, Tenn. "I went out there wearing a shirt that was too tight because of my perimenopause and you could see my belly button poking out. Well, I tell you what — they must not have been able to see me because they acted like I was Beyonce. And that experience was fascinating. The show had buffalo in it and here we were — eating cornish hens with our hands and drinking a Diet Coke with a straw."
She tours all over the country and Canada and can be seen on Dry Bar Comedy, drybarcomedy.com, which has the largest collection of clean stand-up.
Morgan recently did a show in Salt Lake City, which earned 21 million views.
Some of the comments, however, weren't flattering.
"I think it's given me the shingles," she said. "I had one man who posted ugly stuff. And I had people say my accent was cheap. I try not to read that stuff too much, though, it's hurtful. It amazes me how people will say stuff on social media that they wouldn't say to your face."
But regardless of the critics, Morgan feels blessed to have the life she has now.
"This She Expo is right up my lane," she said. "I will be speaking their language."
Tickets are $30 (includes swag bag, wine ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres); $15 (includes swag bag and one wine ticket); $5 in advance and $10 at the door for general admission. For more details, visit www.SheExpo.net or call 336-506-3071.