Jeff Foxworthy is one of the best and most celebrated, as well as one of the richest stand-up comedians in recent times.
He’s mainly popular from his signature line “You might be a redneck” and from his part as a member of the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour”.
He started to rise up doing stand-up comedy through his witticism and diverse humor which eventually managed to compile them all into six major albums and win multiple awards that manage to boost up his fame and success.
Foxworthy then proceeded to venture out into television where he hosted “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” on Fox and other competitions like “The American Baking Competition” and “The American Bible Challenge”
Even as a comedian, he’s also very religious as he uses the Bible as a guide for him for his everyday life and to find answers on what to do with his income.
If you want to learn more about him, then continue reading as we’ll be talking about his early life, career, and more about his personal life.
Jeff Marshall Foxworthy was born on Sept. 6, 1958, in Atlanta Georgia. He was the firstborn of his parents who were of English descent.
Foxworthy grew up to be a religious person as he told his mother when he was seven years old that he wanted to be closer to God so he joined the Southern Baptist Church.
His mother was against this due to how young he was but was later convinced once a preacher vouched for the young Foxworthy.
He then graduated in Hapeville High School and later went to Georgia Institute of technology to get his degree which he used to work as a mainframe computer maintenance personnel at IBM.
Starting Career as a Comedian
His career as a stand-up comedian started when he won the “Great South-Eastern Laugh Off” in 1984. It inspired him to get away from his day job at IBM and pursue a career in comedy by getting gigs at local comedy clubs.
By 1990, Jeff was gaining some traction as a well-known comedian. His fame then greatly accelerated with the introduction to his “you might be a redneck” hit, making him a worldwide sensation.
This fame and inspiration he had on making comedic value on the things that rednecks do gave him an idea to make a career out of it. This was how he made the famous Blue Collar Group.
His popularity then flew higher in the next few decades due to how country singers in the 90’s liked his humor and somewhat managed to advertise it as they let him do his stand-up routine in between their concerts.
Jeff Foxworthy’s Television Appearances
Foxworthy also managed to have a career in television where he hosted “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” in 1995 which aired for 2 years.
This later Followed in 2004 where he was able to have his own TV series called “Blue Collar TV” and “Comedy Network”. By 2007 he was the host for FOX’s “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader” and other competition-like TV shows.
He also did a few voice overs in cartoons and animated movies like “Phineas and Ferb” and “The Smurfs”.
Blue Collar Comedy Tour
The tour was a group of stand-up comedians which consisted of Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, Larry, as well as Bill Engvall.
They toured around the country to perform stand-up comedy which lasted for 3 years. The tour became so popular that it was extended a few times after its initial run which was just supposed to be 20 shows.
Books Released by Jeff Foxworthy
As Jeff noticed that his career was slowing down, he then proceeded to shift into writing. He managed to write 26 books that go from children’s books to various age groups.
One of his first books was “You Might be a Redneck If…” which he released in 1989. This was a comedic book filled with one-liners and various drawings to make the jokes funnier.
He also wrote an autobiography “No Shirt, No Shoes.. No Problem!” which was made a few years before the Blue Collar Comedy Tour began. It tried to examine Jeff’s own life with a bit of comedic twist sprinkled in it and a lot of redneck references placed in some areas.
Awards and Achievements
Foxworthy also received a bunch of awards throughout his career in comedy and his other ventures.
He won “Best Stand-up Comic” in the American Comedy Awards back in 1990 and he also got nominated for five Grammy Awards which was due to all of the comedy albums he made.
In 1996 he also managed to win the People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series”.
There were also multiple Nominees that he managed to get for his television ventures, where he got nominated thrice in the Daytime Emmy Awards for being a host on “The American Bible Challenge” and “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader”
How much is Jeff Foxworthy’s net worth?
With his one of a kind brand as a goofy stand-up comedian, from his stand-up comedy routines in the Clue Collar Comedy Tour to his television works, it managed to make him so popular that he was able to make huge sales with all of his career endeavors.
This made Foxworth have a net worth of $100 million which also includes his books and outdoor apparel company that he made.
Who is Jeff Foxworthy’s wife?
Jeff Foxworthy is married to Pamela Gregg back in 1985 where he met back when he was still doing small-time comedy gigs and slowly growing to become the star that he is today.
They gave birth to their first daughter back in 1992 which they named Jordan and then had another one 2 years later which they named her Julianne.
Foxworthy also does charity where he donates money for charity and raises millions to fund multiple non-profit Organizations. He also teaches homeless people on how to read the bible for eight years in Georgia.