Clearly not a 'stache to be trifled with.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).
YMMV about his works here
- Acting for Two: Present in the music video for "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas".
- 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. He always opens the routine by reminding the audience that he "are" a redneck himself. He says that he defines the term "redneck" as "a glorious absence of sophistication."
- 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.
- The Alleged Car: According to him, used rental cars.
In my life, I have driven some crappy vehicles. But I have never been so desperate for a vehicle that I wanted a used rental car. Buying a used rental car is kind of like going to a house of ill repute looking for a wife. Anything that's been driven that hard by that many people, you really don't want to put your key in it. My grandma's the most careful, safe driver in the world. You put her in a rental car, and she's doing doughnuts in the K-Mart parking lot!
- 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.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Considering he mines his family for jokes, he's obviously one. Specifically he mentioned once when he was hosting an awards show for CMT, he did a hilariously bad◊ dance number with Lisa Rinna. The first thing he heard when he saw his family again was his daughter screaming "Dad, we have to go to school tomorrow!"
- 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?" "Y'an'to?" "A'ight." Foxworthy has even released an entire "Redneck Dictionary" series.
- Anti-Christmas Song: "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas".
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He theorizes that him walking in on his grandmother, naked, in the bathroom was God's revenge for all the times he wanted to see a woman naked. You wanna see naked women, Jeff? Here's your Grandma!
- Big Screwed-Up Family: The source for a lot of his jokes is his immediate family and his in-laws.
On life's list of fun things to do, visiting my in-laws comes in somewhere below sitting in a tub full of scissors.
My mom thinks my new daughter is exceptionally bright, because now she will lie on the floor and talk to the ceiling fan. I said, "Mom, Uncle Harold does that and y'all call him an alcoholic."
When I was a kid, my parents had a 900-pound television on top of a TV tray. My dad's theory was, "Let him pull it over his head a few times, he'll learn. You wanna put a penny in a light socket? Try that out. OHH! Hurt like hell, didn't it? Don't do that no more."
- 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.
- The Eponymous Show: His self-titled sitcom.
- Fun with Acronyms: According to one skit, "single" stands for "Stay Intoxicated Nightly, Get Laid Every Day."
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "If you think The Nutcracker is something you did off the high dive" is present in "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas".
- Heroic BSOD: He has one in a skit where he can't find the remote to change the channel to a football game after turning his living room upside down looking for it. For all of ten seconds before he wife comes in and finds it for him. Then after his team scores a touchdown, he starts looking for the phone to call a friend...
- Had the Silly Thing in Reverse:
- In one skit, he pointed out that rental cars are good for those moments that you've always wondered "what would happen if", but were afraid to try in your own car. Such as one of your buddies suggesting what would happen if you suddenly kicked it into reverse on the freeway. His answer? "a cure for constipation."
- "If you've ever broken a speed limit in reverse… you might be a redneck."
- I Ate WHAT?: In one skit, he remembers his young daughter giving him a peanut and butter jelly sandwich on Ritz crackers. After he eats it, the daughter asks if he wants to know how she made it. She responds that she chewed up some peanuts and spit them on one cracker, then chewed up some raisins and spit them on the other. After she asks if he wants another, he declines and asks her to offer one to her mother.
- I Can't Dance: As he put it, "I try to dance, people pledge money to find a cure."
- "Just Joking" Justification: Subverted after making a joke about having a cat stuffed by a taxidermist:
: 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.
- Not exactly a prank, but he had a bit that mentioned how, when he turned 50, he had to have his first colonoscopy, and how the prep for the procedure is to take a sizable amount of laxatives in order to clean out your system for the camera. Since he was goofing off during the consultation, he didn't hear the doctor say you're supposed to take them over a period of four hours, and instead took them in less than ten minutes. He said his gut started to sound like the house in The Amityville Horror.
- 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.
"...as Southern as I am, I'm like, 'Dude, what? Were there any words in that?'"
- Naked People Are Funny: In one skit, he says that he read an article on how a husband and wife can keep things sexually exciting in their relationship. One of the tips was "surprise your partner now and then." He came up with the idea of meeting her at the front door in the nude… which then resulted, in his words, with him getting sued by UPS.
- No Pregger Sex: While recounting his wife's childbirth:
"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:
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.
- Immediately after...
: If you've ever used a bar stool as a walker... (Jeff, Bill, and Larry all turn to Ron) Ron
: (timidly and reluctantly raises his hand)
- He has a joke about how the only tattoo he would get would be a list on his wrist that would include important anniversaries, birthdays, and "Never lend Ron White your truck."
- 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!
- N-Word Privileges: What makes his act work. If some hipster from New York was making those "if X, you might be a redneck" jokes it'd come off as condescending and mean-spirited instead of wryly self-aware Affectionate Parody.
- Old Shame: The elf costume he wore for music video for "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas". He face palmed while the other Blue Collar members and the audience were in hysterics when a screenshot of it was shown during the third Blue Collar film.
- Once an Episode: All of his albums except Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered end with new Redneck one-liners.
- Over-the-top Christmas Decorations: This bit from him: "If your Christmas decorations are bigger than your house, you might be a redneck!"
- Porn Stache: He's always had one. He averts the porn star look lately by wearing glasses, and has occasionally upgraded to 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!"
- A Rare Sentence: In the aforementioned "nipple bitten off by a beaver" skit, he mentions that, if the story made the papers, it would probably be the only time that you could have the words "nipple" and "beaver" in a newspaper without most people getting offended.
- 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.
- Side Effects Include...:
"For itchy, watery eyes, it's Floraflor. Side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, water weight gain, lower back pain, receding hairline, eczema, seborrhea, psoriasis, itchy chafing clothing, liver spots, blood clots, ringworm, excessive body odor, uneven tire wear, pyorrhea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, halitosis, scoliosis, loss of bladder control, hammertoe, the shanks, low sperm count, warped floors, cluttered drawers, hunchback, heart attack, low resale value on your home, feline leukemia, athlete's foot, head lice, club foot, MS, MD, VD, fleas, anxiety, sleeplessness, drowsiness, poor gas mileage, tooth decay, split ends, parvo, warts, unibrow, lazy eye, fruit flies, chest pains, clogged drains, hemorrhoids, dry heaving, and sexual dysfunction.
" I'm thinking I'll just stick with itchy, watery eyes!
- Solo Duet: Jeff voices himself and another character in his "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas."
- Something Completely Different:
- 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).
- Synchro-Vox: Appears twice in the music video for "Party All Night" (directed by one "Weird Al" Yankovic): first on a cow, then on a piggy bank.
- 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!"
- He has also referred to condoms as condominiums.