Community Life - Cleburne, TX June/July 2020 - Page 15
Chad Prather’s viral
videos lead to career in
STORY BY JESSICA POUNDS
In Old Town Burleson, Chad Prather gets a bite
to eat at a local restaurant, but most don’t recognize
him without his iconic cowboy hat.
“See, that’s the beauty of that. I can go out incognito
now,” he said. “I just leave the hat off and people
have to do a double take.”
Prather, who lives in Burleson, became internet
famous overnight after posting a video he recorded in
his truck sometime around 2015.
He began posting more videos on topics such as
getting his son late to school in the morning to the
perks of living in Texas, and his witty insight to life’s
day-to-day happenings quickly garnered him a crowd
of fans from across the nation.
It wasn’t long before Prather began hosting
“That’s My Backyard” on RIDE TV and touring the
United States performing stand-up comedy.
After finishing three seasons with RIDE, Prather
needed to find balance between his commitments.
“My schedule of going out, doing live shows got so
busy; it just wasn’t tenable anymore to do that show
because it was a travel show,” he said. “They were
sending me out and I’m still trying to do shows out on
the road, and that was impossible.”
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