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JEFF FOXWORTHY

Contrary to some people’s popular belief; Jeff Foxworthy is not some overnight success story. Before starring on The Jeff Foxworthy Show for 2 seasons, releasing many best-selling CD’s and books and selling out major theaters, Foxworthy was practically on a first-name basis with every Holiday Inn manager in the country. Years of relentless touring, mastering the art of sleeping while standing and waking up at the crack of dawn to do morning radio and television interviews, all have helped mold Jeff into one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country.

Jeff’s CD, Totally Committed, released in May 1998 was his fourth CD and marked a new direction in his life and material. Released in conjunction with the CD was a one-hour HBO stand-up special by the same name. The CD not only reached gold status but also received a 1999 Grammy Award nomination, the third such honor Foxworthy has received for his recording efforts.

To date, Jeff’s comedy recordings have tallied sales of over 11 million units making him the largest selling comedy recording artist in history. His first CD, You Might Be A Redneck If (Warner Bros./1994) has been registered triple platinum status (3 million units), the only time a comedy CD has surpassed this mark. It has also become the largest selling comedy recording of all time. The tremendous reaction to this CD resulted in both a music video and a single entitled "Redneck Stomp". His July 1995 release, "Games Rednecks Play," was certified platinum a mere 5 weeks later. Games Rednecks Play, which is now triple platinum, went on to receive a 1996 Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album.

"Crank It Up:The Music Album" was released in the fall of 1996 and contains the hit single and video "Party All Night" featuring Little Texas. The single "Games Rednecks Play" with country star Alan Jackson also appears on the album and was nominated for a 1997 Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Collaboration. The CD, which has been certified platinum, was Jeff’s salute to his hometown of Atlanta which was the host city of 1996’s Summer Olympic Games.

A regular on such shows as "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Show with David Letterman," Jeff also has two Showtime stand-up specials to his credit. With critical acclaim and rave reviews from the first special, Jeff landed his second Showtime special, which earned a Cable ACE Award nomination. Jeff has also been bestowed with a People’s Choice Award as "Favorite Male Newcomer" for The Jeff Foxworthy Show and had won TNN’s "Comedian of the Year" three years in a row. For the third straight year, Jeff will serve as host of the TNN Music City News Awards which TNN will broadcast live on Monday, June 12, 2000.

Jeff is also the author of 10 best selling books, several exploring the redneck phenomenon, such as You Might Be A Redneck If... (now in its 30th printing), Red Ain’t Dead, Hick Is Chic: A Guide To Etiquette For The (Grossly) Unsophisticated and Check Your NeckYou’re Not A Kid Anymore, a departure from his previous books,  poignantly and comically looks at the tell-tales signs of getting older. 1995's Games Rednecks Play offered a humorous preview of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, since Atlanta was the site of the Olympics. He continued with great success to write, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem!, which  spent over 2 months on The New York Times Bestsellers List.  The Foxworthy Down Home Cookbook came out in 1998 with recipes from Jeff and his father, Big Jim. To date, Jeff has sold over 5 million copies of his various books and over 1.5 million copies of his annual calendar.

It’s hard to believe that 14 years ago, Jeff was about to quit his $30,000-a-year job to work the comedy club circuit so he could make a whopping $20 a night in smoky comedy dubs. In no time at all, Jeff began winning several national and regional comedy contests, developing a loyal fan base. In those early years, Jeff paid his dues by working 48 weeks a year on the road. The payoff for his hard work came when Jeff was named "Best Stand Up Comic" at the 1990 American Comedy Awards. Jeff went on to open for the likes of Garth Brooks, Jay Leno, The Judds, Eddie Rabbit and Wynton Marsalis.

Away from the stage, an interest in which Jeff holds near and dear is the Duke University Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC. Jeff is the Honorary Chairman of the Duke Children’s Classic Golf Tournament. With Jeff’s help, the hospital, which specializes in treating children with cancer, has raised over $2 million in the last two years.

This Atlanta, Georgia native remains true to his southern roots and resides with his wife and two daughters in Georgia.


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