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Jeff Foxworthy

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Jeffrey M. Foxworthy (born September 6, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American comedian and actor who is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian. He was a member of the class of 1979 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and worked for five years in mainframe maintenance at IBM (where his father also worked) before, at the urging of co-workers, entering and winning the Great Southeastern Laugh-off at Atlanta’s Punch Line comedy club in 1984. [1]

In 1993, he released You Might Be a Redneck If… which started the “You Might Be a Redneck” fad, topped the comedy album charts, and sold more than 3 million copies.

In 1995, he starred in The Jeff Foxworthy Show, a sitcom created out of his stand-up comedy persona. It aired on ABC, but was cancelled after one season. NBC subsequently picked up the show, but it was again cancelled after one season. Foxworthy later remarked that the network did not understand how to properly market his humor; thinking his routine was “too Southern” for a national network, they based the first season of his sitcom in Bloomington, Indiana. The ABC run of the show can now be seen on Nick at Nite and CMT.

In the early 2000s, Foxworthy had a career resurgence as a result of the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” in which he and three other comedians (Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, and Bill Engvall), specializing in common-man comedy, toured the country and performed for record crowds. The tour lasted three full years, constantly being extended after an initial run of 20 shows.

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