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Bill Engvall - Biography


Comedian Bill Engvall
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July 27, 1957

Bill Engvall Overview:

Alongside fellow Blue Collar comic and best friend Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall is one of the more "family-friendly" of the Blue Collar comedians; he never works blue and a good deal of his comedy is based on his own life as a family man. It may be this approach to comedy that led to his own TBS sitcom, The Bill Engall Show, which debuted in 2007. With eight stand-up albums and over two decades in stand-up, Engvall has proven himself to be incredibly hard-working and devoted to comedy -- plus, he seems like a heck of a nice guy.

Quick Bill Engvall Facts:

  • Bill Engvall was born and raised in Galveston, Texas.
  • He began performing stand-up in Dallas comedy clubs in the early 1990s.
  • He released his first album, Here's Your Sign, in 1996. The album went platinum and was #1 on the Billboard comedy chart for 15 weeks.
  • He published his first book, You Don't Have to be Dumb to be Stupid, in 1997.
  • In 2000, Engvall joined with comedians Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy to form the mega-successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Two concert films and a sketch show on the WB followed.
  • In 2007, Engvall became the star of his own sitcom, The Bill Engvall Show, on TBS.

Bill Engvall Discography:

  • Here's Your Sign (1996)
  • Dorkfish (1998)
  • Here's Your Christmas Album (1999)
  • Now That's Awesome (2000)
  • Cheap Drunk: An Autobiography (2002)
  • Here's Your Sign Reloaded (2003)
  • A Decade of Laughs (2004)
  • 15 Degrees of Cool (2007)
  • Aged and Confused (2009)

Additional Bill Engvall Facts:

  • Before becoming a stand-up comic, Engvall worked as a disc jockey in Dallas, Texas.
  • His first TV appearances were on Showtime's A Pair of Jokers (co-starring Rosie O'Donnell) and as host of Evening at the Improv.
  • He won the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up in 2002.
  • In addition to You Don't Have to be Dumb to be Stupid, Engvall has written and published Here's Your Sign (2005) and Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life (2007).
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  • In 2006, Engvall began hosting Country Fried Home Videos on cable's CMT network.
  • Engvall has co-starred on several TV series, including Designing Women, Delta and The Jeff Foxworthy Show (alongside best friend and fellow Blue Collar Comedian Jeff Foxworthy) and in films such as Delta Farce (with Larry the Cable Guy) and Bait Shop.
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