INTERVIEW: Jeff Foxworthy talks rednecks, role of humor in politics









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Jeff Foxworthy is a nationally known comedian and holds the largest selling comedy-recording record in history. He’s a multiple Grammy Award nominee and has authored 11 best-selling books. 

He joined Neal Larson on KID Newsradio to talk about his upcoming performance at the 2017 Eastern Idaho State Fair, his work as a comedian and the role he feels his work plays in the political sphere.

You can listen to the full interview below:



IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The Eastern Idaho State Fair begins Friday, September 1 and with it comes comedian Jeff Foxworthy, part of the headlining acts for the first day of the event.

Foxworthy’s act, known best for coining the phrase, “you might be a redneck if,” pokes fun at those who Foxworthy says “have an absence of sophistication.” But, Foxworthy also says the demographic he describes in his jokes aren’t a small minority.

“Early on when I was writing these things, I was just thinking about my family and friends and where I grew up, but I kind of learned, because I’ve been to all 50 states, once you get 20 minutes outside any city, people are the same,” comedian Jeff Foxworthy told KID Newsradio. “Actions may change a little bit, the scenery may change, but people are the same.”

In a world where controversy and political prowess reign, Foxworthy also says his job is the “release valve that kept the boiler from exploding.”

“Every night when I’m onstage, I think, ‘every single person that’s out there looking at me is going through some kind of a struggle,” Foxworthy said. “Might be financial, might be physical, might be something going on with their kids or their parents. Every person you meet is going through some kind of a struggle, but that ability to go laugh for an hour and a half or whatever it is, it kind of releases the tension. Doesn’t solve the problems, but when you leave you’re like ‘okay, I can go deal with this now.'”

Foxworthy will be headlining with fellow comedian Bill Engvall on Friday, September 1 at 7:30 P.M.

Tickets are available here.