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 11 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 stars in and executive produces the television series, Blue Collar TV, which he created for the WB network. The ensemble cast includes Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. The television show premiered on Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 8:00 pm and was the second most watched show in that time period with 5.4 million viewers. 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. It is available on DVD/VHS and to date has sold more than 2.5 million units. The soundtrack for this movie has been RIAA certified gold (more than 500,000 units) and continues to chart in the Billboard Comedy Chart’s top 10.
Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Rides Again, the sequel to the first film, is now available on DVD and has sold more than 2 million units since its release on December 7, 2004. It will premiere on Comedy Central February 13, 2005. Warner Bros. Records released the soundtrack on November 23, 2004 and it debuted at number one on the Billboard Comedy Charts.
In other movie news, Jeff will also be the voice of Reggie the Rooster in the new Warner Bros. film Racing Stripes, which will be released on January 14, 2005. He is also the voice of the animated character Lyle in the Disney movie Fox and The Hound II, which will be released on home video later this year.
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 three-hour radio show, debuted featuring Jeff bringing fans the current Top 25 country hits as well as interviews with stars. The show is 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. He also won TNN’s “Comedian of the Year” three years in a row.
Currently Jeff has a line of greeting cards and specialty products through American Greetings that are available at all Wal-Mart stores. 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.
Away from the stage, an interest which Jeff holds near and dear is the Duke University Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC. Jeff is the Honorary Chairman of the Duke Children’s Classic Golf Tournament.
With Jeff’s help, the hospital, which specializes in treating children with cancer, has raised over $4 million in the last four years.
This Georgia native remains true to his southern roots and resides with his wife and two daughters in Atlanta.