FOXWORTHY |Jeff Foxworthy
Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best selling author of more than 26 books. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s.
Foxworthy is currently hosting The American Bible Challenge for GSN, a studio-based game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Each team of three contestants plays for the charity of their choice. The show premiered this August to record setting ratings for GSN. Season two will begin production in January of 2013. Jeff also narrated the Lifetime reality show The Week the Women Left, which revolved around a small Carolina town where all the women leave for the week leaving men to run the local store and tend to the children.
Foxworthy reunited with Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy for “Them Idiots Whirled Tour” in the first half of 2012. The concert was filmed as a special and aired on CMT. Jeff was also the host of the hit show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. Prior to that he executive produced and starred in, Foxworthy’s Big Night Out. Foxworthy had also starred in and executive produced the television series, Blue Collar TV, which he created for the WB network. Blue Collar TV came about due to the success of Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie and the concert tour of the same name. The movie premiered on Comedy Central and was the highest rated movie in the channel’s history. To date the movie has sold more than 4 million units. The soundtrack for this movie has been RIAA certified gold (more than 500,000 units).
Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again, the sequel to the first film has sold more than 3 million units since its release on December 7, 2004. It premiered on Comedy Central February 13, 2005 and was the 3rd most watched telecast ever leading the channel to its most watched day, weekend, and week in network history.
In March of 2006, the Blue Collar boys reunited to shoot Blue Collar Comedy Tour-One For The Road in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. The movie had its world premiere on Comedy Central, June 4, 2006 and was one of the highest rated shows on Comedy Central for 2006. The soundtrack was released on June 6, 2006 and was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award.
Jeff’s book The Redneck Dictionary was released on October 18, 2005. The book is based on the popular words of the south Jeff recounts in his stand up act. Due to their popularity, the redneck words became a regular sketch on Blue Collar TV. The book went as high as number 2 on the New York Times Bestseller List. The Redneck Dictionary II was released October 24, 2006 and was also a New York Times Bestseller. The Redneck Dictionary III was released in October of 2007. Jeff also released the New York Times Best Seller, How to Really Stink at Golf which shares his invaluable tips for a lifetime of horrible drives and putts. The follow up to that book How to Really Stink at Work was released in May of 2009.
Jeff also wrote a children’s book, Dirt On My Shirt, which has become a New York Times Best Seller. The book is collection of poems inspired by Jeff’s family and friends. The poems are funny, witty, filled with sly humor, and always affectionate, capturing the very essence of being a kid. His second children’s book Silly Street was released on February 24, 2009. Jeff’s third children’s book Hide!!! was a New York Times Best Seller and won a 2011 Mom’s Choice Award for illustrated children’s books. He once again teamed with illustrator Steve Bjorkman to tell the story of a neighborhood game of hide and seek and invites the reader to join in the search.
Jeff is the voice of Handy Smurf in The Smurfs which was released this July. Prior to this, Jeff was the voice of Reggie the Rooster in the Warner Bros. film Racing Stripes, which was released on January 14, 2005. He also voiced the animated character Lyle in the Disney movie Fox and The Hound II, which is currently available on DVD.
July 6, 2004 marked the release of Jeff’s final solo comedy cd titled Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered. The cd contains all new material. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Comedy Charts and was Jeff’s second highest selling album debut.
In April 1999, The Foxworthy Countdown, a weekly syndicated four-hour radio show, debuted featuring Jeff bringing fans the current Top 30 country hits as well as interviews with stars. The show ran for 10 years and was carried in over two hundred and twenty markets across the United States. Jeff received a CMA nomination in 2001 for Broadcast Personality of the Year.
Jeff also has an HBO special and two Showtime specials to his credit. With critical acclaim and rave reviews from the first special, Jeff landed his second Showtime special, which earned a Cable ACE Award nomination. Jeff has also been bestowed with a People’s Choice Award as “Favorite Male Newcomer” for The Jeff Foxworthy Show.
Jeff has a line of greeting cards and specialty products through American Greetings that are available at all Wal-Mart stores. He has a line of You Might Be A Redneck If… calendars through Andrews McMeel Publishing, which has sold millions of copies. He also has his own line of beef jerky as well as a line of barbeque sauces. In October 2003 The Nevada Gaming Commission granted approval for Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. to place its Jeff Foxworthy™ You Might Be A Redneck If…® video slot games in Nevada casinos. Station Casinos, Inc. was granted the right to introduce Aristocrat’s Jeff Foxworthy games into its 11 Las Vegas valley casino properties exclusively for 45 days prior to the game’s release to other Las Vegas off-Strip casino properties.