Produced on September 6, 1958, in Atlanta, Georgia, Jeff Foxworthy eventually leave his job to be a comic. Foxworthy became renowned as an opening act for country music stars Garth Brooks and Emmylou Harris. Each of his novels has sold more than ONE million copies. His first record, You Might Be a Redneck If…, went double platinum. (200710) and The American Baking Competition (2013).
Foxworthy himself is from the South, but his dad was a computer executive at IBM, as well as the family lived in the wealthy suburb of Hapeville, Georgia. Foxworthy asserts that although his dad had a high level professional occupation, he displayed many of the characteristics Foxworthy would later describe as being “redneck.”
In his time, he listened tirelessly to the records of comedians Bob Newhart, Flip Wilson and Bill Cosby. Cosby was Foxworthy’s favorite as the expert comic could amuse without using profanity, unlike a lot of other modern comics.
Foxworthy intended to follow in his dad’s footsteps by majoring in computer technology at Georgia Tech and working at IBM. Yet he found that he got more enjoyment from getting coworkers laugh than working with computers. He eventually quit his job to dedicate his life to truly being a comic. Together with the support of his wife, Pamela Gregg Grethe—a former celebrity he’d met during one of his shows—he went on the road, setting the basis for his later success.
In a club date in Detroit, Michigan, Foxworthy found his comedic voice. Next to the nightclub was a bowling alley offering valet parking; he was struck by the sarcasm and promptly went to his room and compiled an inventory of elements that could create a man a redneck. As an example, you may be a redneck if: “You ever mowed your yard and located a car,” or “You visit a family reunion to meet girls.”
In a period when country music was experiencing a boom, Foxworthy’s redneck-jibing comedy caught on. He became renowned as an opening act for country music stars Garth Brooks and Emmylou Harris. Each of his novels sold more than a million copies. In 1995, Foxworthy starred in the situation comedy The Jeff Foxworthy Show, about according to his comedy routines. In 1996, NBC picked up the show and continued two seasons.
Foxworthy has been quite successful promoting his comedic insights to the identification and spoofing of “rednecks, ” so called country dwellers who typically lack sophistication. Riding the prevalence of the country music wave through the 1990s, Foxworthy has parlayed his southern brand of comedy into his own enormous popularity. Having a television situation comedy, several sound recordings, and lots of publications, Foxworthy is now virtually a household word.