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About Bill Engvall

Watch a highlight of his stand-up special, Bill Engvall: "Aged and Confused".

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 stars in and executive produces the half-hour sitcom for TBS titled "The Bill Engvall Show." The show centers on Bill as the father at the core of a family comedy. The series' debut telecast on July 17, 2007 delivered 3.9 million viewers and 2.8 million households.

Bill also hosts one of the top-rated shows on CMT, "Country Fried Home Videos." This show finds real videos from real people showing what real Americans do, and it brings the wit and wisdom to television that only the heartland can offer.

Bill also appears in the movie "Bait Shop," which co-stars Billy Ray Cyrus. The story centers on a small town bait shop owner who finds his beloved business threatened with... Read More »

Watch a highlight of his stand-up special, Bill Engvall: "Aged and Confused".

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 stars in and executive produces the half-hour sitcom for TBS titled "The Bill Engvall Show." The show centers on Bill as the father at the core of a family comedy. The series' debut telecast on July 17, 2007 delivered 3.9 million viewers and 2.8 million households.

Bill also hosts one of the top-rated shows on CMT, "Country Fried Home Videos." This show finds real videos from real people showing what real Americans do, and it brings the wit and wisdom to television that only the heartland can offer.

Bill also appears in the movie "Bait Shop," which co-stars Billy Ray Cyrus. The story centers on a small town bait shop owner who finds his beloved business threatened with foreclosure. In an attempt to raise the money to save it, he enters a high profile fishing tournament. The film was released on DVD in the summer of 2008. Additionally, Bill stars in the movie "Delta Farce" with Larry the Cable Guy and D.J. Qualls. This hilarious comedy about three blue collar heroes on the military's front line is currently available on DVD.

Prior to his big screen debut, 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, and 5.4 million people tuned in, making it the second-most watched show in the time slot. He also shot a special for the WB network called "Mobile Home Disasters," a blue collar version of "Extreme Home Makeover."

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 DVDs. The sequel "Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again" premiered on Comedy Central on February 13, 2005, and was the third most watched telecast ever for the network. The sequel was released on DVD December 7, 2004 and has since 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, D.C. 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 was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Along with his Blue Collar movies, Bill also has two solo specials which aired on Comedy Central. "15 Degrees Off Cool" aired on March 25, 2007 and was one of the highest rated special of the year. Prior to that, "Here's Your Sign, Live" 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.

Bill is also a platinum recording artist. His first album, "Here's Your Sign" (Warner Bros. May '96), has been certified platinum 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), was certified Gold (500,000 copies), and had the honor of being ranked #1 on Billboard's Comedy Chart, surpassing Jerry Seinfeld's album. All of his following comedy album releases debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart, including his latest release "15 Degrees Off Cool."

Bill has also written several books, including his autobiography, "Bill Engvall: Just A Guy."

A native of Galveston, TX, 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 Jokers," 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.