The Blue Collar Comedy Troupe is undoubtedly a collection of Southern humor’s greatest stars, but no star can be greater than Jeff Foxworthy’s in the group – and that is largely due to the fact that he has thousands of TV and movie appearances made to date, as well as appearances on the silver screen, and above all, his successful performances as a popular stand-up comedian whose records have been commercially, if not critically, acclaimed all over the world.
That’s not to take away from the equally impressive resumes of his partners in the troupe he belongs to, but when you talk about commercial record sales, Foxworthy trumps them all.
And this is precisely why we’ve decided to come up with Foxworthy’s best comedy of all time for your listening and laughing pleasure – prepare to pop these CDs on your hi-fi system, your phone, or your laptop to enjoy every minute of it. Or, if you’re into records and turntables – they’re even available on vinyl. The turntables from Audio-Technica are amongst the best record players overall and for some reason they give you the feeling that Jeff Foxworthy is right there, live, in your home. That’s what vinyl can do. Anyway, I understand that not everyone is a fan of record players – so no matter the device you use for listening, let’s check Jeff’s comedies out.
1. You Might Be a Redneck If… (1993)
Ah yes, the album that started it all. This was after all his bread and butter, and its success can be judged from how many people instantly recognize Jeff Foxworthy’s schtick as that guy who told you that “You might be a redneck if…” – it’s just as iconic as Hulk Hogan’s leg drop, Metallica playing “Enter Sandman” at virtually every concert they play, or George Carlin’s 7 words you can’t say on television. It’s just that resonant. And the first album delivers the goods if you’re into this sort of humor, because it’s loaded with references that will make you laugh for hours on end. The first album is always the best, and this one is no different….for those who have never heard of Foxworthy or would like an introduction to his work, you can’t go wrong by starting from this album.
2. Totally Committed (1998)
Much to the chagrin of nobody, Foxworthy continues rambling on his favorite topical subjects, because it’s been the key to his success – that is, the everflowing well of humor based on “rednecks”. Totally Committed also deals with subjects of institutions such as marriage, the divide between the North an the South after all these years, and having children for the first time. The absolute best part of Jeff Foxworthy is that he never had to curse to sell records, so this is safe listening for your speakers. Fans of his style will absolutely enjoy this – you can trust on Foxworthy to deliver the goods nine times out of ten and in good taste.
3. Games Rednecks Play (1995)
This album was Foxworthy’s sophomore offering after the seminal virtuosic masterpiece (nudge nudge, wink wink) “You Might Be a Redneck If…” As far as the humor goes, the subject matter remains mostly the same out of his affectionate take on rednecks he always cracks about – many people say that it’s not as funny as the original debut, but that’s part and parcel for almost every sophomore effort, even in the realm of music. There is a bonus offering on this album as well, called “Party All Night”, featuring Jeff Foxworthy and his humor in song form, complete with the whole redneck regalia and imagery, and ends up as a spoken word track over music. It’s great value for money if you can have it on the cheap, and especially so if you are a Foxworthy fan.
4. Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered (2004)
Eleven years since his entry into the mainstream spotlight, Foxworthy serves up this offering, and shows a different side of himself as opposed to his first few albums that bordered solely on his favorite topic. Critics would see this humor as a cultural phenomenon that would be forever consigned to the bargain basement of history, despite the fact that he always remained popular as an entertainer throughout his career. Foxworthy throws us a curveball on this album, and it shows Foxworthy in fine form, tackling subjects that are deeper than farting in public and bodily fluids and the differences between northerners and southerners, without totally ditching them, and showing the world a side of Foxworthy never before seen: as a cultural critic in the vein of George Carlin himself. This album proves that Foxworthy is more than just a flash in the pan and a one trick pony as even his critics will grant that he did outdo himself, and that Foxworthy is not a sideshow attraction but rather a true comedian in pursuit of his art, without the edge that he needed on his earlier work. This is a work by a professional comedian who has come full circle and is firmly entrenched as one of contemporary comedy’s leading lights, without losing his persona as an everyman.