JEFF FOXWORTHY

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Jef­frey Mar­shall Foxworthy was born on Sept. 6, 1958, in Atlanta. He had a South­ern Bap­tist up­bring­ing, but main­tained that he wasn’t com­fort­able with cer­tain as­pects of the re­li­gion. He fol­lowed his father into the com­puter-main­te­nance busi­ness, and some of his co-work­ers in­spired him to en­ter a com­edy-club con­test ... which he won.

Record­ings helped give Foxworthy’s ca­reer early boosts, par­tic­u­larly 1993’s “You Might Be a Red­neck If ... ,” the ti­tle of which also gave him his sig­na­ture line. The 1998 al­bum “To­tally Com­mit­ted” yielded Foxworthy an as­so­ci­ated HBO spe­cial.

Foxworthy went main­stream when the sit­com “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” be­gan on ABC in 1995. Can­celed af­ter one sea­son, it then was picked up by NBC, where it aired for one more sea­son.

Foxworthy found tele­vi­sion suc­cess as a game-show host with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,” pre­sid­ing not only over the prime­time edi­tion on Fox (which was res­ur­rected for an­other sea­son af­ter its orig­i­nal run ended), but also a syn­di­cated ver­sion that aired for two years.

“The Amer­i­can Bi­ble Chal­lenge” and “The Amer­i­can Bak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion” let Foxworthy hone his game-host­ing abil­i­ties. He’s now back in that genre, but as a pan­elist in­stead of a host: He sits along­side fel­low judges Chrissy Teigen and Ke­nan Thompson on the NBC com­edy con­test “Bring the Funny,” with Amanda Seales in the host role.

In live-per­for­mance terms, apart from his solo act, Foxworthy is known for be­ing a part of the suc­cess­ful Blue Col­lar Com­edy Tour ... along with Larry the Ca­ble Guy and Bill Eng­vall (and, on oc­ca­sion, Ron White). The early suc­cess of that venture led to a tele­vi­sion-se­ries spinoff, “Blue Col­lar TV,” which later was rede­vel­oped into the show “Foxworthy’s Big Night Out.”

An au­thor of sev­eral books – in­clud­ing the cook­book “The Red­neck Grill,” which he co-wrote – Foxworthy also has an out­door-prod­uct line. He and his wife Pamela have two daugh­ters.

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