William Ray Engvall Jr. Bill Engvall was born in Galveston, Texas. 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. 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.
But Engvall, 51, has chosen to leave his posse and ride off to his own successful post-Blue Collar career. The comedy short is being submitted to film festivals across the country. A link to the film trailer is at www. I think part of the reason for the ranch is that I want to keep part of Texas in my life. Engvall was the more subdued dude of the Blue Collar bunch. While Foxworthy playfully raised the redneck banner, Larry the Cable Guy caricatured the tubby bumpkin and White seemed to channel Dean Martin, Engvall veered more toward playing the everyman role. That must have helped when TBS picked up his sitcom in which he stars as a patriarch of a contemporary middle-class brood. His stand-up career began in when he was a disc jockey in the sort of Dallas club that enlisted performers known more for undulating hips than well-timed quips. Engvall had long been a comedy fan.
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Bill Engvall had a huge pop culture and comedy moment. He's also one of the few comedians to ever spawn a massively popular catchphrase—and a plethora of merchandise to go along with it—with his "Here's your sign" bit. He thought stupid people should have to carry around a sign that said "I'm stupid.
To continue the metaphor, "Here's your sign" is Engvall's "Dream On. We caught up with Engvall by phone from his home in Park City, Utah, late last month to talk about those Blue Collar glory days, what's happened since and what we can expect in the years ahead. In a lot of interviews you've talked about how you avoid topics like politics and religion in your act because people have to deal with stuff so much on a daily basis. Was that something you learned along the way or has that always been your approach? You know, I think I kind of had to learn it. I feel like people are inundated with it all day long. My job is to entertain you. My job is when you leave my show, hopefully you're leaving feeling better about yourself and the world than when you got there.