Bill Engvall, the Texas comedian that reached fame with his “Here’s Your Sign…” jokes and superstardom via Jeff Foxworthy’s “Blue Collar Tour,” is working on new material and says he’ll be trying some of it out on his North Myrtle Beach audience when he appears at the Alabama Theatre on Sunday, July 12. He says he is looking forward to it, having not been to Myrtle Beach since he was a kid.
The Sun News reported July 10 that Bill Engvall, now living in Utah after three decades in Southern California, finds himself mellowing out. He’s now 57 and his two kids are grown. On Father’s Day, he played a round of golf and had a cook out.
Engvall said he writes his material a little different these days. He has an upcoming comedy CD, Just Sell Him For Parts, that reflects his outlook on life, which he admits has “changed a bit” over the years. But one thing that has not changed is his predilection for keeping his material clean, because, as he has long believed, you could talk about anything “as long as it’s clean.” Besides, he pointed out, audiences don’t need “graphic details” about sex and people’s love lives.
The Myrtle Beach audience will get a preview of the CD’s material as Engvall jokes about aging, kidney stones, and his appearance on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” In Season 17 of “Dancing With The Stars,” the longshot Engvall kept his sense of humor, worked hard with professional dance partner Emma Slater, and the fans rewarded him with a spot in the finals. He wound up finishing in fourth place, and, worse, needing knee replacement surgery after his run was through. But, he said, he had such a good time, if the “Dancing With the Stars” producers “called me today, I’d be there tomorrow.
Bill Engvall, who once had designs of being a teacher, caught the world’s attention when he realized that people were always pointing out the obvious and, in effect, saying something either nonsensical or just plain stupid. He joked that those people needed a sign tagging them for being intellectually deficient. He developed a running routine wherein he gave examples of such comments, followed by what would become a winning catchphrase, “Here’s your sign.”
His first comedy album, Here’s Your Sign, was released in 1996 and went on to be certified platinum. His upcoming Just Sell Him For Parts will be his twelfth CD release. His last, Ultimate Laughs, was released last year and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Comedy Albums chart.
But Bill Engvall really hit his stride when he joined up with comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, and Larry the Cable Guy for the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” in 2000. The tour was a success and spawned five follow-up tours, three movies, a radio and television show (not to be confused with his own television sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show,” which ran for three seasons on TBS), and made all four comedians household names.
Engvall said that along with his new material, he will of course delve into what got him to where he is today. He told The Sun News that there were still plenty of people needing signage because examples “remain abundant.”
In fact, he and his wife, Gail, recently shopped at a farmer’s market and bought some shrimp. The seller asked them, “You gonna cook these?” Here’s your sign, indeed.
Bill Engvall will be live and in concert on Sunday, July 12, at 6 p.m. (EST) at Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach. Tickets for the show start at $55.