With his witty quotes and his fun redneck jokes, it has been said that Jeff Foxworthy is similar to a modern day Mark Twain.
“[Watching a baby being born] is a little like watching a wet St. Bernard coming in through the cat door” is one of his many funny quotes. So where did this American icon begin?
Jeff Foxworthy was born on September 6, 1958 in Hapeville, Georgia, where he was also raised for all of his childhood. He’s the oldest of three children and has a brother named Jay and a sister named Jennifer.
Foxworthy actually had other goals growing up as he went to Geargia Tech in Atlanta after graduating from High School. After getting his college degree, he went to work for IBM, where his father Jim worked, in mainframe maintenance. Foxworthy has stated that the business suit life really wasn’t him, but he didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he just kind of followed in his father’s footsteps.
The Beginning of His Comedy
In 1984, at the request his coworkers, Jeff Foxworthy entered a competition called the Great Southwestern Laugh-Off at a club in Atlanta called the PunchLine Comedy Club.
He won the competition and began to perform in local clubs in addition to working at IBM. However, other comedians were telling him that he could make it big. Pretty much on a whim, without too much to go on, he quit his job at IBM and the rest is history.
Foxworthy’s Career in a Nutshell
The best thing about Jeff Foxworthy and his comedy is that he talks about things that everyone can relate to. He also seems to be very down to Earth and personable, which is a lot of his charm. By 1990, Jeff Foxworthy had already won “Best Stand-Up Comic” at the American Comedy Awards and in 1993, he released his album You Might Be a Redneck If….
In 1995, he was the star of The Jeff Foxworthy Show, a half hour sit-com that was cancelled after one season. Foxworthy admittedly said that type of show business really wasn’t him and he really wasn’t all that disappointed when the show was canceled. He made remarks that maybe he was just too southern. In the year 2000, he and the three other members of the Blue Collar Comedy team started their Blue Collar Comedy Tour as they all gained immense popularity.
Since that point, Foxworthy has found his niche in Hollywood with his Comedy Central show Blue Collar Comedy TV, which aired from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, Foxworthy broke into the world of television in a whole new fashion: as a game show host on the game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.
Foxworthy has two daughters, Jordan (born in 1992) and Julianne (born in 1994) and has been married to his wife Pamela Gregg, an actress since 1985. He reportedly was married when he was in his late twenties to a woman named Nancy. It’s said that they just weren’t compatible, but his first marriage really isn’t mentioned much, so -shush! That’s basically it about his family life. It’s kind of boring: no mystical secrets or large deceptions.
The Fun Stuff
I’ve put together some of Jeff Foxworthy’s best stuff for you enjoyment. This great comedian has an entire dictionary dedicated to redneck words. I’ve put together a quick top ten list of his best redneck words. Have you used any of these? How about your friends or family?
10.Far: A state of combustion that produces heat and light
9. Kumpny: Guests
8. Hep: to aid or benefit
7. Shovelay: A GM car
6. Uhmurkin: Someone who lives int he United States of Uhmurka
5. Saar: The opposite of sweet
4. Sinner: Exact middle of
3. Jew: Did you
2. Fur: Measure of distance
1. Retch: To grasp for
Foxworthy says the darndest things. He has numerous quotes, but these are his best. The one mentioned in the introduction is also a great one.
5. “Now, it’s true I married my wife for her looks… but not the ones she’s been givin’ me lately.”
4. “If men have a smell it’s usually an accident.”
3. “Have you ever seen people so ugly that you have to get someone else to verify it?”
2. “Did you know babies are nauseated by the smell of a clean shirt?”
1. “Changing a diaper is a lot like getting a present from your grandmother. You’re not sure what you’ve got but you’re pretty sure you’re not going to like it.”
You Might Be a Redneck If…
Of course, I saved the best for last. Foxworthy’s trade mark is his “You might be a redneck” jokes. If I didn’t share the best ones with you, this write-up wouldn’t be complete. It would be like have a pizza without the beer. It would be okay, but you’d walk away from the experience feeling as if something was missing. So, here it goes. You might be a redneck if…
10. You work in the yard with your shirt off and so does your wife
9. You think a quarter horse is the ride out in front of the Wal-Mart
8. You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws
7. You take a six-pack cooler to church
6. You think watching professional wrestling is foreplay
5. Your parents met at a family reunion
4. Your wife has ever said, “Come move this transmission so I can take a bath”
3. Your house still has the “WIDE LOAD” sign on the back
2. You take a load to the dump and you bring back more than you took
1. You think the last words of the Star Spangled Banner Are “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines”
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