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A successful comedian from the state of Texas, Bill Engvall is best known for his "here's your sign" jokes, in which he states that people who ask stupid questions should be given signs so that you know they're stupid. Of course, he has a snappy rejoinder to the stupid questions asked of him.

Engvall rose to prominence in the 1990s alongside fellow comedian, close friend and labelmate JeffFoxworthy. The two experienced a second wind of popularity when they partnered with LarryTheCableGuy and RonWhite to form the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He had his own sitcom, ''TheBillEngvallShow'', which aired on TBS for three seasons. The show co-starred Nancy Travis and JenniferLawrence.

Also like Foxworthy, Engvall has added game show host to résumé: he took over as the host of {{GSN}}'s ''Series/{{Lingo}}'' on June 6, 2011.

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!!Tropes present in Engvall's work:
* AfraidOfNeedles: In one sketch, he recounts the time he went in for an acupuncture session to see if it would help him stop smoking. His first question to the acupuncturist was "Will it hurt?" Just as she tells him no, he hears a man in another room yelling in pain, an she says that the other man is "a big baby".
** "''I'm'' a big baby!"
* AlbumTitleDrop: Inverted; most of his albums are named for punchlines appearing on them.
* AllMenArePerverts: Used frequently. For example, when his daughter asks him to pick up some Music/BarenakedLadies, many of his "I'm a guy" bits, the sea-shell bikini incident.
* AntiChristmasSong: "Here's Your Sign Christmas," set to the tune of "Jingle Bells" and interspersed with Christmas-themed "Here's your sign" jokes. His Christmas album zig-zags this, as it contains a few truly sentimental songs interspersed with the likes of "A Gift That She Don't Want" and "Fruitcake Makes Me Puke". (Despite his name being on the album, the songs are largely sung by studio vocalists, with Bill's comedy bits mixed in.)
* AskAStupidQuestion: Here's Your Sign is a redirect, and one of the primary examples of the trope.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Deliberately invoked and discussed by him.
-->We could walk into a Chinese restaurant right here in Chicago. And the waiter could have been born here, raised here, went to college here, he has never left the city limits. I'm the idiot that walks in that restaurant and goes [in exaggerated Chinese] "Uh, yes. I'll have fried rice. Egg roll..." And you can see him go "I am so going to spit in your food, I swear to God." And it drives my daughter crazy. 'Cause she goes "why do you do that? That is so insulting to them!"
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Referenced in a sketch about parent-teacher conferences. The teacher asks if there's a history of ADD in the family, and Bill says "Yes, we add, subtract, multiply... why are you spelling it?" His wife then says, "M-O-R-O-N. She means attention deficit disorder." And by that point, Bill is looking out the window at birds.
** He comes close to saying this trope by name when discussing his orientation for the fighter plane ride along.
--> But I got ADD so bad I am going Oh flight helmet!....Shiny thing!
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: Bill's idea of a good golf shot is little off.
--> So finally, on about the fifteenth tee, I hit the drive of my life. And any of you people who play golf, you know the drive I'm talking about. The minute you hit it, you just drop your club. You hang on to the beer, let's don't get stupid. And I watch this ball just go and go and . . . kind of hit this guy in the head. And I felt bad, but he overreacted, I thought. I mean, it wasn't like a square hit; it just kind of glanced off his head. But he goes whippin' his car off the freeway, like "here we go!" Mr. Attitude! So now, he's barreling down the fairway screaming at the top of his lungs, like "what are you, some kind of cruddy golfer?" I'm like, "hey, I hit you, didn't I? You were traveling sixty-five miles an hour. That's a pretty good shot in my book."
* BorrowedCatchPhrase: One of the ''Blue Collar Comedy'' albums has the other three comedians each telling a "here's your sign" joke of their own.
** Similarly, in one of the shows, Bill tells one of Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck..." jokes. Specifically, "If you've ever opened a beer at a funeral, you might be a redneck." When someone asks if that actually happened, he claimed his Uncle Jack did it. However, he later said that his Uncle Jack told him to take it back because [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne it wasn't at the funeral, it was at the benediction.]]
* BrickJoke: On the ''Dorkfish'' album, he laughs at the fact that some places sequestered smokers to their own rooms. Later, he said that he always wondered how lions know which is the weakest zebra. He figured that there's a snitch in the herd who always tells the lion who's the weakest. Cue him imagining that said zebra singles out the smoker as the weakest.
* ButtMonkey: Bill's wife, Gail, is the butt of many of his jokes almost as much as... well as Bill himself.
** His kids, particularly his son, are not exempt from the trope, either.
*** Invoked literally when his son calls to him after going no. 2.
--> '''Bill's Son:''' ''DAAAAAAAD!'' Wipe mah butt!
--> '''Bill:''' And I walk in there, and he has ''assumed the position.''
* CallBack: A feature of his longer routines. Frequently takes the form of an UnusualEuphemism introduced early in the show which becomes the go-to term in later stories.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Bill himself, by his own admission. Which explains how he went to "Vicodinland" on half a pill and a 'Bahama Mama.' He even has a song on one album entitled "Cheap Drunk" pointing out he can get plastered by a couple of beers.
* CatchPhrase: "Here's your sign."
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: On trying to quit smoking: "I tried the gum, I couldn't keep it lit. Tried the patches and they pulled all the skin off my lips."
** In a similar vein, "I got off cigarettes by using the patches. Got off the patches by smoking cigars. Got off cigars by doing crack."
* DrivesLikeCrazy: "I got a 16-year-old daughter who just got her driver's license. So you should all drop to your knees and thank the good Lord above that you live ''here'' and not where we live."
** Of course, she probably got it from him. After all, he is the guy, according to Jeff Foxworthy, that came up with the idea of unloading a pick-up truck by driving really fast in reverse with the tail-gate down and slamming on the brakes.
* EpicFail: He asked for a motorcycle for his birthday. His wife gave him ''a scooter.''
-->'''Bill''': [[InsultBackfire You can't tell anyone to kiss your ass on a scooter! They just might!]]
* TheEponymousShow: Just like Foxworthy, Engvall had a self-titled sitcom.
* FalseReassurance: Does this on a couple of his acts. Like when talking about backing into another car in the parking lot.
--> It wasn't that big of a deal and there was no damage. {{Beat}} To my truck; his Ford Escort got messed up a little bit.
* FetishRetardant: [[invoked]] Invoked in one skit, where he questions why anyone would consider spanking a turn-on. he then mentions that he knows he could never seriously ask his wife to spank him, because being a mom, she would say, "what did you do wrong?"
* FluffyTheTerrible: In one skit he talks about dating a girl who owned a boa constrictor she'd named Fluffy.
* FunWithAcronyms: According to one skit, he thinks Spam stands for "Stuff Posing As Meat". He also says that RV doesn't mean "recreational vehicle", it stands for "ruins vacations". Than there was this little conversation with his daughter following a minor fender bender.
-->'''Daughter''': This wouldn't have happened if you used [=SMOG=].
-->'''Bill''': [=SMOG=]?
-->'''Daughter''': Signal, Mirrors, Over the shoulder, than Go.
-->'''Bill''': They teach you that in Driver's Ed? How about this one [=SUIT=]? S-U-I-T, Shut Up Immature Teenager!
* GargleBlaster: Apparently, Bahama Mama + Vicodin = ''drunk parasailing''.
* HeroicBSOD: A few. One of the more notable one is when his wife asks him on the way home from his son's baseball practice to pick up 'feminine products' for his daughter.
--> '''Bill:''' I'm not in right now… If you'll leave your name and number -- \\
'''Bill's wife:''' Bill?!\\
'''Bill:''' ''Please don't make me do this.''
* HiddenTrack: On ''Here's Your Christmas Album'', a rock version of the earlier song "Fruitcake Makes Me Puke" appears, preceded by a narration from Bill.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** At least twice, he has given ''himself'' a sign: once, when confronting someone with a coat hanger in his window ("Did you lock your keys in your car?" "No, I just washed it, I'm gonna hang it out to dry.") and another time when talking to his son ("Dad, I'm gonna play you a song from ''Harry Potter.''" "The movie?" "No, the book.")
** Another time he gave it to himself was when he and his wife noticed a woman wearing a coconut bra. ("Oh, my god! Do you think those are real?" "The way they're jiggling around, probably." "The coconuts!" "Well, here's ''my'' sign!").
* HypocriticalHumor: To his son: "Hey!" *smack* "We don't hit."
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Used as justification for why men do dumb stuff generally.
* IdealizedSex: Referenced in a skit on his first album, where he points out that he learned from experience the differences between idealized and real sex. For instance, apparently you can't rip a woman's panties off unless there's already a hole in them.
* InsultBackfire: Invoked, in anticipation of his wife buying him a motorcycle he bought riding gear along with a helmet with the words "If you don't like America you can kiss my ass!" written on it. She bought him a scooter; which makes riding it while wearing a helmet with that written on it somewhat problematic.
* IntoxicationEnsues: His trip to "Vicodinland," caused by taking half a Vicodin, forgetting about it, and then imbibing a rum drink. Which leads to him randomly going parasailing with a stranger. The sudden coming-down led Bill to have a massive FreakOut.
-->'''Bill''': "That sounds ''superb,'' my friend! I've never seen Vicodinland from 300 feet in the air before!" [...] At 300 feet, the rope jerked -- and apparently, this was enough of a jerk to jerk me out of Vicodinland and into Realityland. I'm 300 feet in the air. [[OhCrap I'm scared of heights]]. [...] I ''literally'' walked on water, ran back to my hotel room, ate the other half of the Vicodin and watched AnimalPlanet.
* LargeHam: Started out as a MotorMouth and slowly morphed into this.
* NakedInMink: When he was discussing [[YouKeepUsingThatWord the proper meaning of "awesome"]] he brought up what would truly be awesome to him.
-->And I started thinking about what would be awesome for Bill Engvall? What would leave me in awe and wonder? And it would have to be if I left this stage tonight and went back to my hotel room. And ShaniaTwain met me at my door, wearing nothing but a [[PrettyInMink fur coat]], holding a note from my wife that said "have a good time." ''That'' would be awesome!\\
(beat)\\
It ain't gonna happen; but that would be awesome.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: He once decided to spice up his and his wife's sex life by greeting her at the door wearing nothing but a bowtie. Than he hears her talking to some friends. Cue trying to quickly find a hiding place till they leave. Than there was the time he walked in on his son Travis in the bathroom:
-->And I went upstairs and I walked in his room, and I heard this "boom, boom, boom." And I looked around the corner of the bathroom, he is standing butt naked in front of the mirror going "shake your boom boom, shake your boom boom." And I let it go for about ten seconds, then went "SHAKE IT, BOY!" We don't nekkid dance anymore.
* NoIndoorVoice: In the aforementioned skit about feminine hygiene products, his son demonstrates this, screaming "HERE'S THE LITTLE GIRL NARROW PADS, DADDY!" in the middle of the pharmacy. Bill then responds, "I appreciate that, son. Listen, I don't believe they [[SuddenlyShouting heard you IN SCOTLAND!]]"
* NoJustNoReaction: The discovery when helping his wife fold laundry:
---> '''Bill:''' (''pulls out sexy panties'') Heeeey, how come you never wear these for me?
---> '''Gail:''' They're your daughter's.
---> '''Bill:''' '''''OOOOOOHH!!''''' No No '''''[[BigNo NO!]]'''''
* NoodleIncident: The time he rode an electric floor buffer. Apparently tequila was involved.
* OnceAnEpisode: His "Here's your sign" jokes appear on every album.
* OverprotectiveDad / TwerpSweating: "Boy, look at me. You see that little girl right there? She's my only little girl, man. She's my life. So if you have any thoughts about hugging, or kissing, you remember these words: I got no problem goin' ''back'' to prison." Cue creepy smile.
* ParentalHypocrisy: See HypocriticalHumor.
* RefugeInAudacity: After failing his motorcycle test on ''his scooter'', Bill decides he's not gonna retake the test. He's banking on the idea that no cop is gonna stop some guy on a scooter and ask him if he has his license. [[DumbassHasAPoint He may be right]] depending on the size of the motor and/or which city he's in. 49 cc engines are street-legal without license or registration, and at least the Durham, North Carolina police department doesn't bother pulling over scooters (not for registration checks, anyway).
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Several instances, most notably when he's para-sailing in the Bahamas while on Vicodin and when he's invited on as a passenger in an F16.
-->And then he flips it over upside-down, ''we're flying upside-down!'' And you can hear me, a forty-nine-year-old man, on the cockpit tape going '''''"MAMA! MAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"'''''
* SeashellBra: In one skit, he recalls seeing a woman with a coconut bra on the beach. His wife asks, "I wonder if those are real." His answer? "The way they're jiggling, yeah." "The ''coconuts'', Bill." "...Welp, here's ''my'' sign."
* SelfDeprecation: A staple of Engvall's routines, frequently calling himself a "dork" or an "idiot." He best described himself as "that guy who's always fifteen degrees off cool."
** Has finished some of his routines when he earns his own sign.
* SerialEscalation: "I got off cigarettes by using the patches. I got off the patches by smoking cigars. Got off the patches by doing crack."
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: He talks about what a great day it was when you discovered you could do this as a kid ("You got to be God!"). Then he goes on to talk about when he was doing this and saw an ant on his arm...
-->Let me tell you something: you burn your arm with a magnifying glass, you're on your own. You can't even tell your mom, because she gives that face like, "Oh...he ''is'' that stupid."
* TeenyWeenie: In a segment about surfing, the instructor, a typical SurferDude, tells him "We'll have you hanging ten in no time." "Not without elective surgery. Because the word 'hung' has never been associated with Engvall men." Later on, he says that when he puts on the wet suit, it looks like he's trying to smuggle a Slim Jim and two cherries.
* TheDitz: One sign-winner he brings up once asked him, on the first floor of a building, if the elevator he was waiting on went up; he jokingly informs the poor sap that this one goes sideways, and that the "up" elevators are down the hall...as Bill put it:
-->'''''HE WALKED AWAY!!'''''
* ThreateningShark: Used in at least two jokes. Once when going para-sailing while drunk, aka Vicodenland, the rope jerks enough to snap him out of his drunken stupor and realize the cute little fishies in the lagoon below him are the sharks...and he is not going to land on the platform but in the water with them. The second time his wife drags him along on a trip to Costa Rica and arranges for them to go on a shark feeding frenzy. Bill is less than pleased.
* ThroughHisStomach: He believes it's "a little further south."
* TwerpSweating: One of his skits involves him confronting a teenager who wants to date his daughter, telling him, "I got no problem going ''back'' to prison."
* VocalEvolution: He was a MotorMouth on the first two albums, but markedly slowed down his delivery and became a lot more of a LargeHam over time.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Is terrified of snakes. "They move, but they don't have legs. That ain't natural."
** In one skit, he recalls a camping trip right after reading a story about a man who was attacked by a snake in his toilet. Bill recalls sitting down on a toilet that had a small crack in the seat that managed to GroinAttack him and make him freak out about a snake in the toilet.
** In another one he tells a story about an Australian women finding a ''six-foot snake'' in her toilet.
--> If I found a six-inch ''worm'' in my toilet . . . I don't need a toilet anymore. I need a ''new set of underwear'' . . . 'cause I just [[UnusualEuphemism hit a deer]] . . .
* WouldHitAGirl: Bill recalls taking his wife deer hunting, and she kept complaining and generally annoying Bill. And when they finally did see a deer, she started gushing over how cute it was and how it reminded her of Bambi's dad, prompting Bill to furiously tell her to be quiet. Then she asked if he was really going to shoot it. "What do you think I brought this gun for?! Protection?! Like that deer might run up this tree and rob us?!" His wife freaked out and screamed at the deer to run.
--> That... is the only time I've ever pushed a woman out of a tree.

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