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Occasionally, through some convergence of timing, observation, and sheer nerve, a comedian comes along with a bit so inspired it hits a universal funny bone like it's never been hit before. Bill Engvall owns a special knack for finding humor in everyday situations that in turn has catapulted him to the front lines as one of the busiest comics working the circuit.
Comfortably strolling through his routine like an old friend telling stories, Engvall covers plenty of everyday frustrations in a connectable, Cosby-esque fashion with an extra helping of gross, but a tame type of gross that won't offend most. Bill Engvall has built quite a following for his everyman brand of humor, a mix of folksy observations ("Factory outlet malls...Where you go to buy mistakes"), everyday family absurdities ("Son, please don't bite the dog..."), and the general trials of being a guy — quitting smoking, being stubbornly old-fashioned, and getting old. Engvall has been especially successful as part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, where he joins Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White in grousing good-naturedly about the inanities of American life. Engvall is sharper and more clever than, say, Jeff Foxworthy, even if he doesn't have a gimmick as catchy as "you know you're a redneck." Instead, Engvall is simply a solid journeyman comedian.
As we all know, there exists a galaxy of comedic styles ranging from slapstick, pantomime, gutter philosophy ala Andrew Dice Clay, and philosophical comics like the late George Carlin, who employ circular logic where laws of physics bend to create a new reality. How would Engvall define his own specific comedic style?
"I guess if I had to pick a style I would say that I am more of a story teller," he reflects. "I like to take the people on a journey that winds through life's stages - getting married, having kids, watching kids go off to college and stuff like that. It's a journey that is relatable to a lot of people. I have never been a fringe kind of comic. It's always been right down the middle of the road for me, and clean."
A microphone, a stage, and a decent audience are all a comedian could ever ask for. Once in a blue moon, those basic ingredients converge at The Klein to create something extraordinary, as Bill Engvall will amply demonstrate. Seriously, folks, his gut-busting bits will leave you in stitches.