Jul. 27th, 1957
Galveston, Texas, USA
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William Ray "Bill" Engvall, Jr. (born July 27, 1957) is an American comedian and actor best known for his work as a stand-up comic, his signature Here's Your Sign bit, and as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group.
Bill Engvall was born in Galveston, Texas. Following graduation from Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Engvall attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, intending to earn a Bachelor's degree and become a teacher. While at Southwestern he was a member of Xi Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order.
Engvall left college prior to earning his degree and worked a series of jobs, including tour guide at Inner Space Caverns, and disc jockey in a Dallas, Texas nightclub. It was while working as club DJ he first ventured into standup comedy at amateur and open mic nights around Dallas.
In 1990 Bill Engvall moved to southern California to dedicate full-time to his comedy. Early notoriety came from hosting the cable show A Pair of Jokers with 'Rosie O'Donnell' and an appearance on the The Golden Palace where he played Blanche's son Matthew, a stockbroker turned aspiring comic. Other early appearances included hosting A&E Networks An Evening at The Improv as well as stand-up routines on The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman.
A career breakthrough happened in 1992 when Engvall was named Best Male Standup at the American Comedy Awards. His first role as a series regular came soon after when he was cast in the ABC series Delta, starring 'Delta Burke. The show only lasted one season however, and Engvall returned to making the rounds of comedy clubs and the occasional television appearance until 1996 when he was cast with fellow comic and best friend 'Jeff Foxworthy' in the NBC version of The Jeff Foxworthy Show.
Signed by Warner Bros. Records in 1996, Engvall released the first of a series of highly successful comedy albums, Here's Your Sign, based on his signature stage bit. The album was certified Platinum and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Country album chart, thanks in part to the single and video of the same title on which he collaborated with Country star 'Travis Tritt'. Eight more comedy albums followed including Dorkfish in 1998, and the most recent, 2009's Aged and Confused.
In 2011, He also attended the NASCAR After The Lap event in Las Vegas.
In 2013, he was announced as a contestant on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars paired with professional dancer 'Emma Slater'.
Bill and Gail Engvall (born August 1960) have been married since December 18, 1982. They have a daughter named Emily (born 1986), a 2008 graduate from the University of Puget Sound, as well as a son, Travis (born 1991), a 2013 graduate from Northern Arizona University; both of whom are often mentioned during his routines. Engvall resides in southern California when not on tour and maintains a blog for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- He is a member of Kappa Alpha Order (Chi chapter).
- Two children: Emily and Travis
- Contrary to popular belief, is not the cousin of 'Jeff Foxworthy' (qv).
- Like his friends 'Jeff Foxworthy' (qv) and 'Larry the Cable Guy', Engvall has his own catchphrase. His is "Here's your sign".
- Is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group.
- In early 1997, he and 'Travis Tritt' (qv) had a top 30 country hit -- and a gold single -- with "Here's Your Sign (Get the Picture)".
- Is best friends with 'Jeff Foxworthy' (qv).