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 Neck. You’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
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.