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A recognized master of redneck humor, Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy (born September 6, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia) 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).
- Acting for Two: Present in the music video for "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas".
- Advertised Extra: Scott Rouse got full chart credit on "Party All Night" entirely for producing the track.
- 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 is one himself. As he once put it, "I always felt like you couldn't talk about rednecks unless you are one, and I are one."
- 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."
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.
- And the discussion about the contents of Men's and Women's magazines.
- The Alleged Car: He was rather surprised to hear that a lot of rental car companies sell some of their stock, knowing what goes on in 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. As one might expect of a family of self-described rednecks, they were totally out of their element for the entire trip. 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!"
- Anti-Christmas Song: "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas". It's the traditional Christmas carol, just with spoken interludes and redneck-themed gifts in mind (pro wrestling ticket, Copenhagen tobacco, flannel shirts, etc).
- Artistic License Music: Jeff repeatedly lip-syncs to several of Alan Jackson's sung parts in the video for "Redneck Games", even though the actual recording features no singing whatsoever on Jeff's part.
- Ashes to Crashes: He laments that, during a party as a young man, he knocked over the urn containing his grandmother's ashes, and one of his drunk friends vacuumed her up. Jeff and his buddies ended up smoking a carton of cigarettes to refill the urn.
- Asian Store-Owner: In a very early skit, he ponders if the Middle East has Americans working in their 7-Elevens.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The "You Might Be a Redneck If..." jokes only begin that way in written form. During Foxworthy's actual act, the joke uses the formula, "If ____, you might be a redneck."
- On Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, he uses "If you ____, you might not be smarter than a 5th grader."
- 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."
- Black Is Bigger in Bed: Way back in the day, his material was much filthier. One joke was about guys hanging a washcloth on "nature's coat hook" and asking their wives if they knew where said towel went... whereas black guys would ask about the bedspread.
- Bowdlerize: Some issues of his Laughing Hyena albums snip out the more profane parts... very awkwardly and poorly.
- The CD version of Totally Committed replaces the line, "My dad would take time out of his busy day to whip our ass!" with the much lamer, "...blister our butts!" There's also a blatant cut elsewhere on the album where he says, "I sure as hell hope so!", and the "as hell" was sloppily removed.
- 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:
- From a skit on raising babies: "When it says '6 to 12 pounds' on the side of the Pampers box, they're not lying. That is all those things will hold!"
- 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 and bigoted 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 "fuck" and "shit" repeatedly. He used "shit" twice on You Might Be a Redneck If and once on Games Rednecks Play, and has been pretty much PG rated ever since.
- You Might Be a Redneck If... is his only album where the "you might be a redneck" jokes appear as Book-Ends (although it seems that the epilogue was unintended). All subsequent albums have them as the closer except for Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered, which went for Something Completely Different.
- '80s Hair: One of the more famous mullets this side of Billy Ray Cyrus.
- Enormous Engagement Ring: Once made a bit about women getting an engagement ring from a man's perspective. Specifically, Jeff said that men hate it when someone else's wife gets a bigger ring than their own wife, because that man knows he's going to get lectured about it."Well, I guess Tom just loves Barbara more than you love me."
"You tell Tom I'm kicking his ass next time I see him."
- The Eponymous Show: His self-titled sitcom.
- Fun with Acronyms: According to one skit, "single" stands for "Stay Intoxicated Nightly, Get Laid Every Day."
- Fun with Flushing:"Our oldest child has discovered the little silver handle on the back of the toilet. She's making more stuff disappear than David Copperfield! My wife's lost three combs, I lost my good sunglasses. We're pretty sure she's flushed the remote control, 'cause every time we go to the bathroom, the TV comes on!"
- Gag Penis:"Growing up, my mom used to fuss at me. She'd say, 'You keep wearing those boxer shorts, your thing's gonna hang down to your knees.' So what's the downside of the argument here? (beat) What a liar mom turned out to be, too."
- 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".
- Good Parents: Lampshaded."It's not that I don't think my daughter's bright, it's just that every parent thinks their kids are smart. You'll never see a parent go 'Hey, come in here and look at little Tommy! He is dumb as a brick, boy! Turn the light on, he won't even know! Turn the light on! He'll just sit there, cross-eyed and drooling. Just like your mama, ain't he?'"
- Half-Witted Hillbilly: Foxworthy's perennial "You Might Be A Redneck" jokes are largely riffing on this trope.
- 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 butter and 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: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.
- 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"."Wasn't mooning a great sport? Nobody ever got hurt, you didn't have to be in shape to play... Hell, the fatter you were, the more you brought to the window!"
- Motor Mouth: Referenced in one skit, where he argues that Jeff Gordon has many detractors 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: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.
Jeff: If you've ever used a bar stool as a walker...
- Immediately after...
(Jeff, Bill, and Larry all turn to Ron)
Ron: (timidly and reluctantly raises his hand)
- In the same bit, Larry raises his hand somewhat reluctantly regarding an incident where he wound up wearing a dress, to which Jeff responds "Think about that and try to sleep tonight."
- Jeff doesn't have any tattoos. But he muses that if he ever got one, it would be a tattoo on his wrist of his anniversary date, his wife's birthday, and "Don't lend Ron White your truck ever again."
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: He once told a story where his family went to Hooters for a wedding's rehearsal dinner, adding "if I'm lying, I'm dying".
- 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.
- Larry: This is one of Disney World's least favorite characters: Fruity.
- Once an Episode: All of his albums except Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered end with new Redneck one-liners.
- One-Hit Wonder: He 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. "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas" also held a chart record for the highest peak achieved by a Christmas song on the Hot Country Songs charts, later tied by Jimmy Wayne's "Paper Angels".
- Out Giving Birth, Back in Two Minutes: During a routine on childbirth, Foxworthy mentions that the shortest amount of time a woman can spend in the hospital to give birth (assuming everything goes well) is six hours."Six hours?! It takes longer to make chili in a crock pot! That is one tough woman! 'Grab the kid, Randy! I got wash to do! Let's go!'"
- Over-the-Top Christmas Decorations: "If your Christmas decorations are bigger than your house, you might be a redneck!"
- Poor Man's Porn: Discussed in a sketch on Victoria's Secret catalogs:"Free home-delivered catalogs of women in their underwear? God bless America! Well, think about it. We never got anything like that when we were growing up and needed it! Hell, all we ever got was the Sears catalog. Had those old high waisted granny panties, and those bras you could measure first downs with."
- Porn Stache: After he hit it big, this became part of Foxworthy's trademark look. He averts the porn star look since the 2010's by wearing glasses, and has occasionally upgraded to a goatee. However, he's never had a full beard.
- Precision F-Strike: While he used to curse quite a bit in his early days, he's toned it down considerably. That doesn't mean he won't break out a cuss if it makes a joke better, though.
- 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. Jeff says that just once, he would love to hear one of these people say, "You know what? My daddy was great, my mama was great I'm just a shithead!"
- It his bit about being a new father, he describes being shown his co-worker's photos of his ugly baby and reacting with "SHIT! I ain't had coffee yet! Don't ever do that again!"
- Pun: Most of his "redneck words" are these, such as "apparent" ("Judgin' by yer belly, I'd say you were gonna be apparent soon.") or "sensuous" ("Sensuousnote up, get me a beer.").
- A Rare Sentence: In a skit where he was told of a guy who had his nipple bitten off by a beaver,Jeff mentions that it would probably be the only time that you could have the words "nipple" and "beaver" in a newspaper without anyone 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!
- He also talks about a product whose known side effects included anal seepage."Anal seepage"! That's not even fun to say! Much less write on an insurance form! And not medical insurance; homeowner's, to explain how your couch wound up sitting at the curb!
- He also talks about a product whose known side effects included anal seepage.
- 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 success in both single sales and music video popularity, 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, "Party All Night" takes a skit on single people partying from his first album and dubs in a chorus sung by Little Texas, while "Games Rednecks Play" takes snippets from the title 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).
- Southern-Fried Genius: Discussed — or, to be more precise, Jeff discusses how people don't seem to believe in this, and imagine a scenario more akin to:Doctor: A'right, now what we gon' do is saw the top o' yo head off, root around in 'ere with a stick and see if we can't find that dad-burned clot.
Patient: No, thanks. I'll just die, okay?
- Spraying Drink from Nose: One of his stories is about when the women in his family were trying on skinny jeans and his mother-in-law joined in. His daughter went, "Gramma, you shouldn't draw on your legs with a blue magic marker!" which made Jeff spray a glass of milk out his nose.
- 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.
- Throw It In!: The reason behind You Might Be a Redneck If... featuring the "You might be a redneck" one-liners as Book-Ends. The closing track opens with an audience member shouting "Redneck!" and Jeff clearly struggles for a few seconds before offering one. This may also be why later albums feature the "redneck" one-liners at the end.
- 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.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal:
"We've all made mistakes. You forget to rewind the video before you take it back to Blockbuster, that's a mistake. But if you can be married to someone for 22 years and not know what gender they are, you have skedaddled past 'mistake.' You have slammed headlong into 'faux pas.'"
- Jeff makes up a hilarious scenario where a man with a hairy back at a state fair is revealed to be a woman with kids. He tops it all off with "Oh, no, it's Aunt Betty!"
- Jeff also once discussed an incident where a man was married to a woman for 22 years before finding out his wife was, in fact, another man, and a news story that talked about the husband's 'mistake.'
- Unusual Euphemism: He'll use toned-down euphemisms because it keeps his comedy clean and because it's funnier when he tries to talk around rude and intimate subjects rather than being blunt about them.
- 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.
- In "Them Idiots" he talks about having to spend the night at a cheap hotel and sharing a bed with his wife and mother. As if that wasn't uncomfortable enough, it turned out that the motel had very thin walls and the couple next door spent the night loudly "liking each other".
- You Do NOT Want to Know:
- One of his routines in Games Rednecks Play involves him as a teenager trying to sneak home from a late night out. When his mother catches him, she initially inverts it by saying she didn't want to know what he was doing, then goes back on it and asks anyway. She quickly regrets it, though his dad wants to know more.
- Inverted in another sketch, about coming home to his wife, who angrily declares that she does not want to know where he was, what he was doing, or who he was doing it with. Jeff then says, "That's good, because the details are kinda fuzzy to me at this point!"