To continue the metaphor, "Here's your sign" is Engvall's "Dream On. We caught up with Engvall by phone from his home in Park City, Utah, late last month to talk about those Blue Collar glory days, what's happened since and what we can expect in the years ahead. In a lot of interviews you've talked about how you avoid topics like politics and religion in your act because people have to deal with stuff so much on a daily basis. Was that something you learned along the way or has that always been your approach? You know, I think I kind of had to learn it.
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But Engvall, 51, has chosen to leave his posse and ride off to his own successful post-Blue Collar career. The comedy short is being submitted to film festivals across the country. A link to the film trailer is at www. I think part of the reason for the ranch is that I want to keep part of Texas in my life.
Bill Engvall had a huge pop culture and comedy moment. He's also one of the few comedians to ever spawn a massively popular catchphrase—and a plethora of merchandise to go along with it—with his "Here's your sign" bit. He thought stupid people should have to carry around a sign that said "I'm stupid. We don't hear from Bill Engvall as much as we did, say, a decade ago, so here's how he's been keeping busy. Engvall and his wife, Gail, his two children are grown and out of the house live most of the time in Los Angeles to be close to the entertainment industry, but they also have a home in Park City , Utah, a resort town and site of the annual Sundance Film Festival.
William Ray Engvall Jr. 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. Engvall left college without graduating and worked a series of jobs, including tour guide at Inner Space Caverns , and disc jockey in a Dallas, Texas nightclub. In , Bill Engvall moved to Southern California to dedicate full-time to comedy. Early notoriety came from hosting the cable show A Pair of Jokers with Rosie O'Donnell and an appearance on The Golden Palace where he played Blanche's son Matthew, a stockbroker turned aspiring comic. However, the show only lasted one season and Engvall returned to making the rounds of comedy clubs and the occasional television appearance until , 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 , Engvall released the first of a series of 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 music video of the same title on which he collaborated with country singer Travis Tritt.