In 2000, noted comedian Jeff Foxworthy joined forces with Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry Whitney (better known as Larry the Cable Guy) to begin their Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
The comedy troupe initially intended their collaboration to last four months, but in the end, they spent six years touring all around the United States. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour was so successful that it launched a full-length movie, a television series and a Sirius XM radio channel.
It’s been nearly ten years since the hilarious country humor of the Blue Collar Comedy tour had America rolling in the aisles, so where are they now?
Favorite quote: “I believe that Britney Spears should be one of Baskin Robbin’s 31 flavors. Two scoops.”
Key catchphrase: Git-R-Done
Signature gimmick: “I believe” songs
Shortly after the Blue Collar Comedy tour completed, Whitney voiced the now famous and beloved Disney character “Mater” in the 2006 animated feature Cars. He reprised the role of Mater in 2011 for the Cars 2 and was cast in Tyler Perry’s A Medea Christmas in 2013.
Whitney was cast in several other movies, including a starring role in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. In 2007, he rejoined his Blue Collar Comedy co-star Bill Engvall for the film Delta Farce.
His other ventures include a line of potato chips called “Tater Chips,” and the Git-R-Done Foundation, through which he has donated over seven million dollars to veteran’s and children’s causes.
He currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and two children.
Favorite quote: “If you’ve ever been accused of ‘Lying through your tooth’, you might be a redneck.”
Key catchphrase: You might be a redneck
Probably the most well-known of the four comedians at the outset of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Jeff Foxworthy has had a lot on his plate since concluding the show.
In 2007, he became the host of the Fox game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? , which ran until 2009. Foxworthy is the host with the most… shows that is since he has also hosted The American Bible Challenge and The American Baking Competition.
In addition, he has lent his distinctive voice to several animated works like Smurfs 2 and Phineas and Ferb. Coincidentally, he also has his own line of chips, “Grit Chips” which are touted as “a new take on the classic corn chip”.
Foxworthy is also an avid outdoorsman. His brand Foxworthy Outdoors, sells hunting products and organizes hunting trips for wounded warriors and children with illnesses.
Favorite quote: “It’s weird, being a comedian and we travel all over the country and people come up to us and say, ‘Hey! Tell me a joke,’ but no one ever walks up to a plumber and says ‘Hey! Fix my toilet.'”
Key catchphrase: Here’s your sign
Bill Engvall had already made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian with his signature “Here’s your sign” jokes before joining his Blue Collar co-stars, so it wasn’t difficult for him to expand his success even further after the tour ended.
From 2007 to 2009 he starred in his own sitcom, The Bill Engvall Show, which featured future Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. After the show was canceled he went on to do several other TV and film projects including a stint on the 2013 season of the ABC hit show Dancing With the Stars.
Currently, he’s voicing the character Bill Davis on the CMT animated show Bounty Hunters alongside Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy.
Bill and his wife Gail live in California, and they just celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary last December.
Favorite quote: “If life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade and try to find someone who’s life has given them vodka, and have a party.”
Key catchphrase: You can’t fix stupid
Signature gimmick: Drinking scotch and smoking cigars onstage
Since the end of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Ron White has mostly been continuing his work as a stand-up comedian. He has released three new comedy albums since 2006, including You Can’t Fix Stupid, Behavioral Problems and A Little Unprofessional, which is currently still touring.
His notoriety as a lovable reprobate has gotten him several cameo spots in TV and film, including Sex and the City 2, Reno 911, and Horrible Bosses. A native Texan, Ron White was honored in the Texas Legislature in 2009 when Representative Joe Driver of Garland declared April 27 “Ron White Day” in the Lone Star State.