The thing that makes any entertainer successful is the ability to connect with an audience. It’s the quality of sharing the humor in everyday situations that has made Bill Engvall one of the top comedians today and among the busiest.
Bill’s newest release is in both CD and DVD titled “15 Degrees Off Cool” on Warner Bros. Records. It features never before released material like, Argue Naked, Slim Jims, Free Range Chicken, Ionic Breeze, Getting Older, Part Of Your Package, Wives And NASCAR, Bad Weiner Day, Hurting Gas, 15 Degrees Off Cool, Fantasy Camp and Thunderbirds.
Bill released his sixth album, “Here’s Your Sign: Reloaded” available on Warner Bros. Records on November 11, 2003 and it features never before released material. Bill also stars in BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR, THE MOVIE with Jeff Foxworthy and featuring special guests Larry The Cable Guy and Ron White. After a nation-wide theatrical release by Warner Bros., the movie was released on DVD June 3rd, 2003. The film is based on the highly successful concert tour, which grossed more than fifteen million dollars since it began in 2000. Warner Bros. Records released the soundtrack of the same name on March 25, 2003.
Bills fifth comedy album, Cheap Drunk: An Autobiography (Warner Bros. 2002), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Charts and features his singing and songwriting debut. His first album, HERES YOUR SIGN (Warner Bros. May 96), has been certified Platinum, selling more than one million copies and held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. It went on to peak at No. 5 on Billboards Current Country Album Chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboards Top 200 Album Chart. Collaborating with musician Travis Tritt on a video also entitled, “HERES YOUR SIGN”, Bill became a fixture on the play lists of CMT and TNN. The single of the same name became the most requested single on country radio. It was ranked No. 1 on Billboards Country Singles Sales Chart for ten weeks and reached the Top 30 on the Billboards Singles Sales Chart, which covers all genres of music. The HERES YOUR SIGN single also achieved Gold status, not a common occurrence in the comedy market. In 1997, Engvall won the Best Selling Comedy Album award at the annual NARM convention, outselling albums by Chris Rock and Adam Sandler.
Bills second CD, DORKFISH (Warner Bros., October 98), which has been certified Gold, has sold more than 500,000 copies and had the honor of being ranked No. 1 on Billboards Comedy Chart, surpassing Jerry Seinfeld’s album. In December of 1999, Warner Bros. released “HERES YOUR CHRISTMAS ALBUM”, Bills third album which was filled with songs destined to become Christmas classics: Rudolph Got A DUI, I Am Being Sued By Santa Claus, and Bills all time favorite, Fruitcake Makes Me Puke.
His fourth comedy album entitled “NOW THAT’S AWESOME!” (BNA Records/Nashville) topped Billboards Comedy Charts at No. 1and was highlighted in USA TODAY. No matter how many records he sells Bill says he would never give up performing live, when you’re doing stand-up, you achieve an intimacy with the audience you can’t get on TV. There’s not a better feeling in the entire world then when you look out and see the audience is identifying with you.
A native of Galveston, Texas, Bill moved to Dallas and was working as a disc jockey with plans of becoming of a teacher. While in a nightclub one evening, Bill decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy and quickly found that making people laugh was truly his forte. Soon after, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue television opportunities. First there was a Showtime special, “A Pair of Jokers” with Rosie O’Donnell, followed by Bill hosting A&Es Evening at the Improv and several appearances on both “The Tonight Show” and the “Late Show with David Letterman”. In 1992, Bill won the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up Comedian. After appearing in episodes of “Designing Women”, Bill went on to portray Buck Overton on the ABC sitcom, “Delta”, starring Delta Burke, thus solidifying his status as a sought-after comic. Bill also starred in the NBC series, “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”, in which he played Jeff’s best friend. Engvall also hosted the television show, “SOFA CINEMA”, for TNN. Bills humor has also extended into the world of books with the publication of, “You Don’t Have To Be Dumb To Be Stupid” (Longstreet Press).
Bill resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.