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Catching up with Jeff Foxworthy

It’s always a treat to speak with comic-television host-author Jeff Foxworthy. The metro Atlanta husband and dad stays busy with various projects, from hosting “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” to reprising the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” with Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy (original member Ron White is onto other things).

We spoke with Foxworthy the other day regarding yet another project of his, a new book called “Hide!” It’s a delightful children’s book with charming illustrations by Steve Bjorkman. Here are excerpts from the interview.

Buzz: Why children’s books? (Foxworthy has written two others, “Dirt on My Shirt” and “Silly Street.”

Jeff Foxworthy: When my girls were little I was always coming up with silly little rhymes and things. I always read to them. That was something my grandmother instilled in me. She wasn’t educated. She lived in a trailer, but it was full of books.

Buzz: This seems like a way to engage a new generation of fans.

JF: With ‘Smarter than a 5th Grader,’ suddenly kids knew who I was. Every writer has things in the back of their mind and for me it was, ‘I know, I’ll write a children’s book!’

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I thought it’d be easy. I sat down, and then I realized, no wonder Dr. Seuss was a big deal. This is hard!

Buzz: Talk about “Hide!”

JF: It’s sort of like “Where’s Waldo.” There’s things to look for on each page. (A raccoon, flip flops, mops, bugs and spoons, for example). Even in this age of video games and electronics, some things don’t change. I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like Hide and Go Seek. It’s just a fun little book. When you’re young, that’s what a book should be to a kid – it should be fun.

Buzz: It sounds like it was fun to write, too.

JF: Most comics are writers. It’s brilliant in its simplicity. I feel funny for the first time in years!

Buzz: When doctors go to cocktail parties people always want to discuss their ailments for instant diagnoses. When you’re at cocktail parties, do people expect an instant mini-performance from you?

JF: Everyone wants to tell me a joke! Most of them are so dirty you couldn’t tell them in a truck stop. The truckers would be like, hey, there’s mechanics in here!

Buzz: How has your comedy changed over the years?

JF: When we were getting ready to do Blue Collar again, Bill Engvall and I were talking about what each of us was writing about. We both had colonoscopy jokes. I had one, it was a true story. That stuff they tell you to drink? I didn’t follow the instructions and I drank it all in eight minutes. My stomach started making this noise like the fireplace in ‘Amityville Horror,’ and my underwear tapped me on the shoulder and told me to RUN. Isn’t that something? Years ago we were writing jokes about picking up hot chicks, and now we’re writing about our colonoscopies!

Buzz: I know you’re also involved in a good bit of mission-based charity work. Talk a little about that.

JF: I don’t do it for the press. Every Tuesday morning, about 5:30 a.m. I get a load of biscuits and head down to the Atlanta Union Mission and hold sort of a small group with the men there.

Buzz: Do they know who you are?

JF: Some of them. At first (the shelter organizers) said, ‘they don’t think you’re coming back.’ Now they know that someone cares. There’s a time for everything, a time to laugh a time to cry. I try to balance everything, which I think is the secret to life. You don’t appreciate the fullness of life until you give some of yours away.


15 comments Add your comment

Dick

October 19th, 2010
12:33 pm

A MAN WHO HAS MADE IT BUT YET STILL HAS THE AVERAGE JOE AND JILL AT HEART. THANKS JEFF FOR BEING YOU.

John

October 19th, 2010
12:43 pm

I was going to say nice first comment but I don’t know Dick.

Phantom 309

October 19th, 2010
12:47 pm

Ron White is the funniest of all these guys. I just dont understand why people think Foxworthy is so hilarious. He is funny mind you but Ron White is the man.

You know you're a redneck if...

October 19th, 2010
12:48 pm

your granny still makes u wear her soiled underpants on your head and walk around singing “Its raining men”.

You know you're a redneck if...

October 19th, 2010
1:09 pm

you stay up all night in the trailer park, tripping on LSD and trying to catch bats with a fishing pole.

You know you're a redneck if...

October 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

your two best friends are named Goober and Gomer.

You know you're a redneck if...

October 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

you had sex with more than one of your cousins.

You know you're a redneck if...

October 19th, 2010
1:24 pm

you throw your underwear against the wall and they stick.

BC

October 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

Ron White is funny only when he can cuss like a sailor, Foxworthy has shown you can keep it clean and still be hilarious.

You know you're a redneck if...

October 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

you prefer Jeff Foxworthy over Ron White.

guy spradlin

October 20th, 2010
11:30 am

ron aint no body but a drunk and he has to be to perform on stage i havent seen a show yet where he didnt have a drink in his hand/i love the three others and so do my kids keep up the good work

GySgt Hartman

October 20th, 2010
11:35 am

If you drive around your paved driveway just to park on the grass, “you might be a redneck”

GySgt Hartman

October 20th, 2010
11:38 am

Foxworthy is funny because you can take your kids to his show, I wouldn’t let my daughters near a Ron White show. Not saying he isn’t funny but a bit to much on the foul-mouthed side for me.

Bob Tail Cat

October 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Ron White has adrug problem so who want to be around that when you’re making tons of money like the others. Having Ron White connected with you is BAD FOR business

Bob Tail Cat

October 23rd, 2010
3:21 pm

Need to learn how to type before hitting submit. Corrections:
A drug problem and so who “wants” to be around. I think Ron White is just a jerk.