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Bill Engvall

The thing that makes any entertainer successful is the ability to connect with an audience. It's the quality of sharing the humor in everyday situations that has made Bill Engvall one of the top comedians today and among the busiest.

Bill will be starring in the new half hour sitcom for TBS entitled The Bill Engvall Show which centers around Bill as the father at the core of a family comedy. He will also serve as an executive producer. Bill is currently the host of the CMT show Country Fried Home Videos. The show finds real videos from real people showing what real Americans do bringing the wit and wisdom to television that only the heartland can offer.

Bill was one of the stars of the sketch comedy show, Blue Collar TV, on the WB network. The ensemble cast included Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy. Blue Collar TV premiered on July 29, 2004 at 8:00 pm. 5.4 million people tuned in to see Blue Collar TV, making it the second-most watched show in the time period. He also shot a special for the WB network called Mobile Home Disasters, which helped propel the network to one of its best Thursday nights of the season. The show was a blue collar version of Extreme Home Makeover and the episode took a deserving family and completely transformed their mobile home.

Bill starred in Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie, which premiered on Comedy Central and at that time was the most watched movie in the channel's history. It has sold more than 4 million DVD/VHS units. The sequel Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again also premiered on Comedy Central February 13, 2005 and was the 3rd most watched telecast ever for the network. The sequel was released on DVD December 7, 2004 and has sold more than 3 million units. In March of 2006, the Blue Collar boys reunited to shoot Blue Collar Comedy Tour- One For The Road in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. The movie premiered on Comedy Central June 4, 2006 and was one of the highest rated shows of the year. The soundtrack was released on June 6, 2006 (Warner Bros./Jack Records) and has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

On October 4, 2005, Bill released his book Here's Your Sign, through Rutledge Hill Press. It includes more than 200 classic Here's Your Sign jokes as well as silly product labels and some of Bill's favorite family stories. He will also be releasing his autobiography Bill Engvall --Just A Guy from St. Martin's Press on May 15, 2007.

Bill will be shooting his final DVD special and comedy album titled 15 ┬░off Cool this fall. The special will air on Comedy Central March 25, 2007 and the DVD will be release on March 27, 2007. The comedy album of the same name will be released on February 27, 2007. His first DVD special Here's Your Sign, Live, was filmed at the Grove in Anaheim. It aired on Comedy Central on August 1, 2004 and premiered to 3.6 million total viewers. The DVD of that special has been certified multi-platinum.

His first album, HERE'S YOUR SIGN (Warner Bros. May '96), has been certified Platinum, selling more than one million copies and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. It went on to peak at #5 on Billboard's Current Country Album Chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart.

Collaborating with musician Travis Tritt on a video also entitled, HERE'S YOUR SIGN, Bill became a fixture on the play lists of CMT and TNN. The single of the same name became the most requested single on country radio. It was ranked #1 on Billboard's Country Singles Sales Chart for ten weeks and reached the Top 30 on the Billboard's Singles Sales Chart, which covers all genres of music. The HERE'S YOUR SIGN single also achieved Gold status, not a common occurrence in the comedy market. In 1997, Engvall won the Best Selling Comedy album award at the annual NARM convention, outselling albums by Chris Rock and Adam Sandler.

Bill's second CD, DORKFISH (Warner Bros., October '98), which has been certified Gold, has sold more than 500,000 copies and had the honor of being ranked #1 on Billboard's Comedy Chart, surpassing Jerry Seinfeld's album. In December of 1999, Warner Bros. released

HERE'S YOUR CHRISTMAS ALBUM, Bill's third album which was filled with songs destined to become Christmas classics: Rudolph Got A DUI, I Am Being Sued By Santa Claus, and Bill's all time favorite, Fruitcake Makes Me Puke.

His fourth comedy album entitled NOW THAT'S AWESOME! (BNA Records/Nashville) topped Billboard's Comedy Charts at # 1and was highlighted in USA TODAY. No matter how many records he sells Bill says he would never give up performing live, "When you're doing stand-up, you achieve an intimacy with the audience you can't get on TV. There's not a better feeling in the entire world then when you look out and see the audience is identifying with you."

A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill moved to Dallas and was working as a disc jockey with plans of becoming of a teacher. While in a nightclub one evening, Bill decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy and quickly found that making people laugh was truly his forte. Soon after, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue television opportunities.

First there was a Showtime special, A Pair of Joker's with Rosie O'Donnell, followed by Bill hosting A&E's Evening at the Improv and several appearances on both The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman. In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up Comedian. After appearing in episodes of Designing Women, Bill went on to portray Buck Overton on the ABC sitcom, Delta, starring Delta Burke, thus solidifying his status as a sought-after comic. Bill also starred in the NBC series, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, where he played Jeff's best friend.

Bill resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Bill Engvall Facts

Birth Name William Ray Engvall Jr.
OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayJuly 27, 1957 (65)
BirthplaceGalveston, Texas, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Bill Engvall compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Bed & Breakfast
Delta Farce
Bill Engvall: Just Sell Him for Parts
Catching Faith
Blue Collar Comedy Tour 3-Pack
Bill Engvall: Aged and Confused
Blue Collar Comedy Tour 2
Blue Collar Comedy Tour 3
Them Idiots: Whirled Tour
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