If you can describe the comedian here, you might be a Troper!A recognized master of redneck humor, Jeff Foxworthy (born September 6, 1958) is a stand-up comedian and actor who has been ranked as the best-selling comedy recording artist of all time. He is the author of several humor books, many of them compilations of his "You Might Be A Redneck If..." one-liners, the star of the eponymous Jeff Foxworthy Show (which lasted a total of two seasons across two networks), and one-quarter of the stand-up troupe for The Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He hosted the quiz show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (2007-2009) and in 2012 became the host of The American Bible Challenge on the Game Show Network.Foxworthy's fanbase mainly overlaps with Country Music. He recorded several songs that interspersed his comedy sketches with a sung chorus by a popular country musician, and had a major Christmas hit in 1995 with "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas" (performed entirely by himself). He also appeared in the music video for Alan Jackson's "I Don't Even Know Your Name" and hosted a country music radio show called The Foxworthy Countdown from 1999 to 2009.Contrary to what many apparently believe, he is not a cousin of fellow Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall (they are close friends, but not related).
Affectionate Parody: Although Jeff Foxworthy lampoons stereotypes about rednecks and southerners in his comedy, the tone of the jokes is never mean-spirited or condescending.
All Men Are Perverts: One of Jeff's bits from Totally Committed deals with the differences between Men and Women, more specifically about women, since they're complicated, they think men are too and always wonder what 'he's really thinking.'
Ladies I will tell you what we are really thinking. We're thinking, "I want a beer and I want ta see some'in nekkid."
And the discussion about the contents of Men's and Women's magazines.
Women: "How to get a good man," "how to get rid of a bad man," "how to turn a bad man into a good man."
Men: Nothing but pictures of naked women.
Aloha Hawaii: A skit on Games Rednecks Play is about his family vacationing in Hawaii. His musical album adapted it into a song called "Howdy from Maui" featuring The Beach Boys and Los Straitjackets.
American Accents: Keeping with his Deep South theme, he often makes fun of Southern accents. He points out that they can have a conversation without using any actual words. "Hey, jeet yet?" "Naw, d'joo?" "Yamptu?" "A'ight." Foxworthy has even released an entire "Redneck Dictionary" series.
Bowdlerize: Some issues of his Laughing Hyena albums snip out the more profane parts... very awkwardly and poorly.
Brick Joke: On one album, he recalls a story that someone told him after a show, about a man who hit a beaver with his car, picked it up after mistaking it for dead, and proceeded to have it bite one of his nipples off. Several tracks later… "If you've ever had your nipple bitten off by a beaver, you might be a redneck."
Chalk Outline: In one sketch, a drunk person antagonizing a police officer asks, "If I lay down on the sidewalk, will you draw my picture with that little chalk y'all have?" In another, Jeff suggests that, if you want to keep solicitors away from your door, draw a chalk outline on your driveway and scatter religious pamphlets around it.
Comically Missing the Point: He recalls that in his childhood, a relative painted "male" on their mailbox as a joke, and no one in the family got it. By the time he was in high school, he finally figured out what was wrong with it: the M was supposed to be capitalized.
Deep South: One of the cornerstones of his comedy, and not just with the redneck one-liners.
Early-Installment Weirdness: After he became famous, a small label called Laughing Hyena issued some of his late-80s standup on cheap compilations. Foxworthy was a lot more profane in his early years, and had somewhat less of an emphasis on his now-trademark Southern humor. Very early albums didn't even have the "you might be a redneck" jokes — instead, his signature sketch was a story that worked in every letter of the alphabet: "A there, dudes! I'm gonna tell you a story you might not B-lieve. 'Cause you C, it's about this friend of mine, he's from D-troit…"
To show how less profane he got: the Laughing Hyena albums that don't snip out the profanity leave in F-bombs and the S-word. He used the S-word twice on You Might Be a Redneck If…, once on Games Rednecks Play (see below), and has been pretty much PG rated ever since.
'80s Hair: One of the more famous mullets this side of Billy Ray Cyrus.
Jeff: Did I offend someone in the audience? It's a joke. I have two cats. (beat) One on either side of the fireplace.
Played straight with the "You're either gay or married" skit, which was a "Just Joking" Justification for a joke that he felt might be misconstrued as homophobic.
Laxative Prank: In one skit, he said that he believes that, if a 16-year-old shows up at your door trick-or-treating without a costume, it should be perfectly acceptable to give them Ex-Lax. Larry The Cable Guy then pipes up that he's been on both sides of that particular prank.
Mooning: He has a whole skit about it on Games Rednecks Play. On his musical album, it was adapted into a bluegrass song called "Big O' Moon".
Motor Mouth: Referenced in one skit, where he argues that Jeff Gordon has a large hatedom because he's one of the few NASCAR drivers who enunciates when being interviewed. He then launches into a demonstration of how most drivers talk when they're interviewed, then wonders if they talk the same way in non-NASCAR settings.
"At one point, the instructor told us, 'Now, after your wife's water breaks, do not have sex.' I raised my hand. I said, 'Is this really a problem?!' That's a sensitive husband, ain't it? 'So, uh...just how far apart are the contractions there, sweet thing? Seems like a shame to waste this semi-private room.' See, and they wouldn't tell you that unless somebody had done it, that's what bothers me."
Noodle Incident: Some of his "you might be a redneck" jokes apparently derive from these. One example from The Blue Collar Comedy Tour:
Jeff: If you've ever ridden an electric floor buffer, you might be a — Bill Engvall: Wait, wait, wait! Tequila was involved; get off me! Jeff: Wonder how many times his wife's said that.
Not So Different: The premise of one sketch was how gay people and married people aren't so different after all: if you're sleeping on a bed with eight pillows and a dust ruffle, if you've ever been antique shopping during a big football game, if you can't remember the last time you had sex with a woman... you're either gay or married!
Once an Episode: All of his albums except Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered end with new Redneck one-liners.
One-Hit Wonder: Believe it or not, he actually had a top 20 country hit with "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas" (and the song re-entered the country top 40 four times after that!). He also charted several other "songs" that interspersed his comedy sketches with a chorus sung by a popular country music artist, or were just him narrating.
Porn Stache: He's always had one. He averts the porn star look lately by wearing glasses and occasionally sporting a goatee.
Precision F-Strike: On Games Rednecks Play, he criticizes the Point-and-Laugh Show where people will air their dirty laundry on national television, and complain about how poor upbringing has left them in a sorry state. He says that just once, he would love to hear one of them say, "My daddy was great, my mama was great — I'm just a shithead!"
Self-Deprecation: One of the big reasons his comedy is so successful is that he'll proudly admit to being an out and proud redneck himself, and most of the stuff he comes up with is stuff that either he or his family is guilty of.
Producer Scott Rouse sampled Jeff Foxworthy's "redneck" jokes with a musical backing and released it as a single called "Redneck Stomp". After it was a commercial success, Rouse took some of Jeff's other material and gave it a musical backing, often adding an appropriately themed chorus sung by a popular country artist. (For instance, "Games Rednecks Play" takes snippets from that album's routine about the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and adds a chorus sung by Alan Jackson.) Many of these "songs" were compiled into Crank It Up: The Music Album, which also included a couple regular standup routines and the "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas". Rouse also sampled Bill Engvall's work in similar fashion in later years.
Instead of the redneck jokes, Jeff ended the Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered album with a skit called "I Believe", featuring Larry the Cable Guy (also a trademark of the Blue Collar Comedy routines).
TMI Lie: If you're going to call in sick to work, call in with something disgusting that they won't question, like explosive diarrhea.
Trailer Park Tornado Magnet: Jeff has a memorable routine about how TV news crews interviewing survivors after a tornado hits a trailer park always seem to find the least coherent person around to interview.
Unusual Euphemism: In one sketch, Foxworthy recalls a man who had his "happy place" cut off in an accident and replaced with a finger. He then toys with the idea and crosses over into Gag Penis territory by saying, "It ain't gonna be my pinky, is it, doc? You know, I don't use my left arm all that much..."
Subverted earlier on the same album, when he makes reference to his hypochondriac wife, who he says always has whatever newfound disease they discuss on the news: "You do not have testicular cancer. You don't even have testiculars!"