“There is just something innate in my soul about people being happy.” - Bill Engvall
Bill Engvall is one of the most successful comedians from the last three decades and was part of the famed Blue Collar Comedy Tour, along with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White. From writing and performing stories at a young age to literally building his first college stand-up stage with lightbulbs in coffee cans, Bill was born to make people crack up, however most people don’t realize he was a reluctant comic. Dreams of becoming an actor, singer, professional baseball player, doctor, and then to being rejected from both the Navy and being a Texas Highway patrol officer preceded the realization, twenty years after college, that the answer had been with him all the time. Mentored by Gary Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jay Leno, it was Jay Leno who pushed Bill to think beyond being an “opening act”.
You will cackle your way through this episode as Bill charts his top moments across the county that range from…say, for example, the huge moment of his topless bar boss encouraging him to pursue comedy to being handed the “Best Standup Comedian in a Nightclub” Award from Joan Rivers, from the rise of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour to becoming an ordained minister, and so many more scenes you couldn’t possibly write.
BILL’S WORDS OF WISDOM
“There is just something innate in my soul about people being happy.”
“Now my comedy has purpose.”
“I love performing, but I’m just as happy standing in a river fishing.”
“I feel like this country has forgotten the basics of why we’re here. I think we put too much emphasis on stuff that doesn’t matter.” – and quotes JOY – Desmond Tutu & Dalai Lama “Happiness is a state of mind; Joy is a way of life.”
CONNECT WITH BILL
Podcast: My Two Cents with Bill Engvall
BILL’S CHARITABLE WORK AND PROJECTS
Children’s Miracle Network - provides programs at children's hospitals nationwide
Lonestar Paralysis Foundation – researches and helps those with spinal cord injuries
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Closing song “Blue Collar Man” by Elvis Monroe