Community Life - Cleburne, TX June/July 2020 - Page 20

Courtesy photo After years of recording comedic videos out of his pick-up truck at his Burleson home, Chad Prather moved to the stage, doing stand-up comedy before starting internet TV shows. look forward to listening to. “I can’t tell you how many people talk about waking up in the morning and listen to the podcast, or they look for the videos and marathon them. “But, on the deeper side, I’ll get people who will send me messages and say someone in the family had cancer and they watched all of my videos during treatment, or they came to one of my shows before they passed away. “When you start thinking about how humbling that is, that you were able to touch people all over the world with something simple as sitting in a truck, running your mouth. “You never know the difference you’re going to make in someone else’s life. And people think, ‘Well, I don’t have anything to offer.’ But, you don’t know that. You have no idea if you do or not. You don’t know what is going to trigger that person. I just tell everybody, ‘You just got to pull the trigger.’” Prather said not everyone likes to hear what he has to say, though. “At this point in the game I have pretty tough skin,” he said. “I get hate mail. I get people that want to cause trouble and say negative things. And it’s somewhat humorous to me, but it’s also sad that people are that insecure, but they feel the need to become an internet troll. “Which is really sad ‘cause now you’ve got some significant insecure narcissistic Machiavellian behavior there, which you just gotta let that go.” For that, Prather is unapologetic. “We have this cancel culture where people are like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry I tweeted seven years ago,’” he said. “You had Kevin Hart who had to step down from hosting the Oscars, because of some gay joke he made and I’m like, ‘Get a life! Give me a break. I’m not apologizing for anything. “Because again, I haven’t done anything with malice in my heart, and neither did Kevin Hart. He made a joke. And I always say I don’t care who you are, in my business, not with “malicious-ness, I get to make fun of life. I get to make fun people. I gotta make fun culture.” Follow Prather on social media and at watchchad.com. 20 Community Life