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Jeff Foxworthy, Host of 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'

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Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy, host of 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'

courtesy Michael Yarish/FOX Broadcasting Co.
Born: September 6th, 1958
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Graduated From: Hapeville High School, Georgia Tech University
Family: Married to Pamela, two daughters
Trademark: "You might be a Redneck" jokes

How He Got His Start in Comedy:

After graduating from Georgia Tech in 1979, Jeff Foxworthy worked at IBM for five years. His colleagues were entertained by his sense of humor, and suggested that he enter a comedy competition. In 1984, Foxworthy won the Great South-Eastern Laugh-Off at the Punch Line Comedy Club in Atlanta, which was the first step to becoming what he is today: the highest-selling comedy recording artist in history.

Foxworthy is currently the host of the game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on the FOX television network.

The Blue Collar Tour - Redneck Jokes and More:

One of Foxworthy's most successful ventures was The Blue Collar Tour. Teamed up with popular Southern comedians Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, and Bill Engvall, the tour started out with 20 shows booked. It was so successful that The Blue Collar Tour ended up on the road touring America for over three years.

The popularity of Blue Collar led to numerous best-selling recordings on both CD and DVD, as well as a spin-off television show and three feature films.

Television, Sound Recordings, and Film:

  • 1995, The Jeff Foxworthy Show on ABC which was picked up by NBC after one season

  • 2004, Blue Collar TV on The WB

  • 2005, Foxworthy's Big Night Out on CMT

  • 2007, host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on FOX

  • Many DVDs of stand-up routines, including three Blue Collar films

  • Voice of Reggie in "Racing Stripes" (2005) and voice of Lyle in "The Fox and the Hound II" (2006, Disney)

  • Over 20 CD recordings, including stand-up comedy routines and recordings of the Blue Collar Tour

Books:

Jeff Foxworthy has penned over 20 books, many of which have made it onto the New York Times best-seller list. His most popular books include:

  • You Might Be a Redneck If..., 1989
  • No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem, his autobiography, 1996
  • The Redneck Grill: The Most Fun You Can Have With Fire, Charcoal, and a Dead Animal, 2005
  • The Redneck Dictionary, three published volumes from 2005-2007

Awards and Recognition:

  • Four Grammy nominations for comedy recordings
  • American Comedy Award for Best Stand-Up Comic
  • The Nashville Network's Comedian of the Year three years in a row
  • 1995 People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Newcomer for The Jeff Foxworthy Show
  • 2001 CMA nomination for Broadcast Personality of the Year

Other Work:

Foxworthy has lent his name to many products over the years, including a line of greeting cards for American Greetings, Redneck Barbecue Sauce, a Redneck board game, and a series of video slot machines in Las Vegas.

In addition to his television and stand-up appearances, you can catch Foxworthy on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Foxworthy Countdown, which airs the current top 25 country music hits along with interviews with country stars.

Fun Fact:

The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas, a single recorded by Foxworthy in 1995, reached #18 on the country music charts. The song has been re-released and has charted several times since then.

Jeff Foxworthy Quotes:

  • "If you refer to 5th grade as your 'senior year,' you might be a redneck."

  • "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.'"

  • "People make fun of the way I talk, but I always tell them that they're gonna be real surprised when they get up to Heaven and St. Peter says, 'Y'all git in the truck, we're goin' up to the Big House.'"
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