|Birth name||William Ray Engvall Jr.|
|Born||July 27, 1957|
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
|Subject(s)||Southern American culture|
Mary Gail Watson
|Notable works and roles||Blue Collar Comedy Tour|
The Jeff Foxworthy Show
Country Fried Home Videos
The Bill Engvall Show
Lingo (2011 Run)
William Ray Engvall Jr. (born July 27, 1957) is an American comedian and actor best known for his work as a stand-up comic, his signature "Here's Your Sign" bit, and as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group.
Bill Engvall was born in Galveston, Texas. His father, William Ray Engvall Sr., was a U.S. Navy doctor, who then went into private practice. Engvall spent most of his childhood living first in Galveston, then in Winslow, Arizona, then moving back to near Dallas, Texas during middle school. Following graduation from Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas, Engvall attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, intending to earn a bachelor's degree and become a teacher. While at Southwestern he was a member of Xi Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order. Engvall left college without graduating and worked a series of jobs, including tour guide at Inner Space Caverns, and disc jockey in a Dallas, Texas nightclub. It was while working as the club DJ that he first ventured into stand-up comedy at amateur and open mic nights around Dallas.
In 1990, Bill Engvall moved to Southern California to dedicate full-time to comedy. Early notoriety came from hosting the cable show A Pair of Jokers with Rosie O'Donnell and an appearance on The Golden Palace where he played Blanche's son Matthew, a stockbroker turned aspiring comic. Other early appearances included hosting A&E Networks An Evening at The Improv as well as stand-up routines on The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman.
A career breakthrough happened in 1992 when Engvall was named Best Male Standup at the American Comedy Awards. His first role as a series regular came soon after when he was cast in the ABC series Delta, starring Delta Burke. However, the show only lasted one season and Engvall returned to making the rounds of comedy clubs and the occasional television appearance until 1996 when he was cast with fellow comic and best friend Jeff Foxworthy in the NBC version of The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Signed by Warner Bros. Records in 1996, Engvall released the first of a series of successful comedy albums, Here's Your Sign, based on his signature stage bit. The album was certified Platinum and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Country album chart, thanks in part to the single and music video of the same title on which he collaborated with country singer Travis Tritt. Eight more comedy albums followed, including Dorkfish in 1998, and 2009's Aged and Confused.
In 2011, he also attended the NASCAR After The Lap event in Las Vegas.
On August 11, 2021, Engvall announced on his Facebook page that he was going to be retiring from touring in late 2022.
Blue Collar Comedy Tour
In 2000, Jeff Foxworthy and Engvall launched the first of six Blue Collar Comedy Tours. The tours also featured Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy and were largely responsible for their breakout success. Each of the six years of the tour was very successful and spawned three films, a satellite radio show, and a television series titled Blue Collar TV on The WB Network.
Game show host
On June 6, 2011, Engvall began a new chapter in his career as he took over as host of the re-launched Lingo on GSN. According to an interview in American Profile magazine, Engvall said that he jumped at the chance to host the show, citing the fun that his friend Foxworthy had hosting Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Engvall had been a fan of Lingo when it aired a few years previously before ending in 2007, admitting that his wife always beat him to the answers. When asked if there were any plans to have buddies Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy appear on Lingo, he replied, "You never know! I would love to have them on the show because it would be a blast. I would really dig that."
Dancing with the Stars
In 2013, Engvall was announced as a contestant on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars paired with professional dancer Emma Slater. In the first week, he danced the Foxtrot and received a score of 18. The second week was Latin week and he saw some higher scores from the judges receiving a 21 for his Jive. And the third week of competition, Bill saw his highest score of 24 with a Paso Doble to the Lone Ranger theme song. Throughout the rest of the show, the judges usually placed Engvall and Slater at the bottom of the leaderboard, but an enormous fan base kept them in the competition, resulting in higher-scoring contestants, e.g. Christina Milian, Snooki, Brant Daugherty, Elizabeth Berkley, and Leah Remini being voted out instead.
Bill and Gail Engvall (born August 5, 1960) have been married since December 18, 1982. They have a daughter named Emily (born June 9, 1986), a 2008 graduate from the University of Puget Sound, as well as a son, Travis (born June 25, 1991), a 2015 graduate from Northern Arizona University; both of whom are often mentioned during his routines. Engvall resides in Utah when not on tour and maintains a blog for the Los Angeles Angels on the website of Fox Sports West. Engvall is an ordained minister. He graduated with a degree in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University in 2021.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|U.S. Country||U.S.||U.S. Comedy|
|Here's Your Sign[A]||
|Here's Your Christmas Album[B]||
|Now That's Awesome||
|Cheap Drunk: An Autobiography||
|Here's Your Sign Reloaded||
|A Decade of Laughs||
|15° Off Cool||
|Aged and Confused||
|Them Idiots Whirled Tour
(with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- A ^ Here's Your Sign also peaked at number 3 on Top Heatseekers.
- B ^ Here's Your Christmas Album also peaked at number 33 on Top Holiday Albums. It was re-released in 2005.
- C ^ A Decade of Laughs was the second number 1 album upon the 2004 debut of the Billboard "Top Comedy Albums" chart, after Lord, I Apologize by fellow Blue Collar Comedy star Larry the Cable Guy.
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|U.S. Country||U.S.||CAN Country|
|1997||"Here's Your Sign (Get the Picture)" (with Travis Tritt)||29||43||72||N/A|
|"Warning Signs" (with John Michael Montgomery)||56||—||—|
|1998||"It's Hard to Be a Parent"||72||—||—|
|"I'm a Cowboy"||60||—||—||Dorkfish|
|"Here's Your Sign Christmas"||50||—||—|
|1999||"Hollywood Indian Guides"||72||—||—||N/A|
|2000||"Blue Collar Dollar"
(with Jeff Foxworthy and Marty Stuart)
|63||—||—||Blue Collar Comedy Tour|
|"Now That's Awesome"
(with Neal McCoy, Tracy Byrd and T. Graham Brown)
|59||—||—||Now That's Awesome|
|"Shoulda Shut Up" (with Julie Reeves, uncredited)||71||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
Other charted songs
|1999||"Here's Your Sign Christmas" (re-entry)||39||Here's Your Christmas Album|
|2000||"Here's Your Sign Christmas" (re-entry)||46|
|1997||"Here's Your Sign (Get the Picture)" (with Travis Tritt)||Jim Yukich|
|"Warning Signs" (with John Michael Montgomery)||Peter Zavadil|
|1998||"I'm a Cowboy"|
|"Here's Your Sign Christmas"|
|1999||"Hollywood Indian Guides"|
|2000||"Blue Collar Dollar" (with Jeff Foxworthy and Marty Stuart)||Thomas Smugala|
|"Now That's Awesome"||Peter Zavadil|
List of works
|1984||Not for Publication||Second photographer|
|1990||Designing Women||Bill||Episode: "Tough Enough"|
|1992–1993||Delta||Buck Overton||17 episodes|
|1993||The Golden Palace||Matthew Devereaux||Episode: "Say Goodbye, Rose"|
|1996–1997||The Jeff Foxworthy Show||Bill Pelton||14 episodes|
|2003||Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie|
|2004||Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again|
|2004||Here's Your Sign Live||Live|
|2004–2006||Blue Collar TV||Various||47 episodes|
|2005||Mobile Home Disaster|
|2006||Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One For the Road|
|2006–2009||Country Fried Home Videos||Host|
|2007||Family Guy||Duke Dillon (voice)||Episode: "Boys Do Cry"|
|2007||Delta Farce||Bill Little|
|2007–2009||The Bill Engvall Show||Bill Pearson||30 episodes|
|2008||Country Fried Planet|
|2008, 2015||Celebrity Family Feud|
|2008||Bait Shop||Bill Dugan||Video|
|2009||All's Faire in Love||Mr. Mendelson|
|2009||CMT Music Awards||Host|
|2010||Leverage||Duke Penzer||Episode: "The Boost Job"|
|2010||Bed & Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident||Pete Sullivan|
|2011||Hawthorne||Det. James 'Jimmy' Dupree||3 episodes|
|2012||Them Idiots: Whirled Tour|
|2012||Kiss at Pine Lake||Frank McDowell||TV movie|
|2013||Bounty Hunters||Bill||12 episodes|
|2014||Do It Yourself||Dale||TV movie|
|2015||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire|
|2015||Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!||Gary Martin Hays||TV movie|
|2015||Catching Faith||Coach Z|
|2015–2016||Celebrity Name Game||Himself / Celebrity Player||Three episodes with Nicole Sullivan|
|2016||Hell's Kitchen||Himself / Restaurant Patron||Episode: "8 Chefs Compete"|
|2016||Wish For Christmas||Santa|
|2018||Mr. Invincible||Eddie King|
|2016-2021||Last Man Standing||Reverend Paul||8 episodes|
- "Bill Engvall: Biography". TV Guide.com. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
- "The Bill Engvall Show bio". TBS.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
- "Bill Engvall biography". CMT.com. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
- "Movie Reviews". Nytimes.com. April 28, 2020.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2011-01-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- American Profile newsmagazine. Article title: "Q&A with Bill Engvall". June 5, 2011
- ""Dancing with the Stars": Leah Remini, Valerie Harper, Snooki among new cast". Cbsnews.com.
- An interview with Bill Engvall: blogging, acting, a new outlook. Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine SoMdNews.com. Retrieved 2011-06-11
- Main page of Bill Engvall's LAA Blog FoxSportsWest.com. Retrieved 2013-09-30
- Sweeten-Shults, Lana (May 12, 2021). "No joke: Comedian Bill Engvall becoming GCU grad" (Press release). Grand Canyon University. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
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