Jeff Foxworthy. Honey Boo Boo. If they haven’t already traced their family trees and figured out they’re cousins somehow, it’s just a matter of time, right?
But the comedian famous for his “You might be a redneck…” routines hasn’t yet had time to redneckonize.
“I’ve been so busy,” he told us during a phone interview the other day. One of our first questions, naturally, was about Alana Thompson, the 7-year-old star of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” He understands its appeal even if he hasn’t had a chance to tune in.
“I used to tell people, you need to go to the fair every year,” Foxworthy said. “You think your family’s crazy. You leave there and go, we’re ok!”
Foxworthy appeared Saturday night at the fourth annual Hearts and Hands Gala, benefiting the the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses, where families of children undergoing medical treatment at Atlanta hospitals can stay. The charity’s next fundraiser is Brookhaven Dines In, a series of dinners in private homes coming up later this month.
“I see kids in the hospital, they’ve been there a year,” Foxworthy said. “One of the parents has had to quit a job. What the Ronald McDonald House does is give you a chance to be with your kids without going broke. They give people a chance to be connected without being destitute.”
The host of “America’s Bible Challenge,” Foxworthy also volunteers once a week at the Atlanta Union Mission.
“I’m two decisions away from making french fries for a living,” he quipped. “I’ve always had a heart for the underdog, whether it’s the homeless or the Ronald McDonald House. At the Atlanta Union Mission, you get to learn their stories and you’re like, I might be a crack head if I had grown up like that.”
Foxworthy’s touring and production schedule is unrelenting, but he said remaining involved with charitable endeavors helps keep him grounded.
“In my business you’re kind of inundated with self-focused people,” he said. “I don’t know anyone who’s self-focused and very happy.”