Bill Engvall is just a regular guy from Galveston, Texas, and was working a job like most of us. He got the itch and decided to move to “Bid D” (Dallas) where the jobs were more diverse. He ended up 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, amateur-night audiences at several local clubs and a brief stint in St. Louis convinced Ingvall to move to Los Angeles to pursue television opportunities. He found that he was able to connect with other regular people. Want proof? You can find his book and DVD at any WalMart in the country,but maybe not Target.
Engvall’s talent for sharing the humor in everyday situations has made him one of the top comedians today and among the busiest. He was a regular with The Blue Collar Comedy Tour and brings his special brand of sharp tongue and cutting wit to Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre on Saturday, August 4 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. It’s a double header sponsored by the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.
More About Bill Engvall
Early in his career, Bill was one of the stars of the sketch comedy show, Blue Collar TV, on the WB network. The ensemble cast included Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White. Bill starred in Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, which premiered on Comedy Central and at the time was the most watched movie in the channel’s history. The sequel Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again also premiered on Comedy Central February 13, 2005 and was the 3rd most watched telecast ever for the network. In March of 2006, the Blue Collar boys reunited to shoot Blue Collar Comedy Tour-One For The Road in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. The movie premiered on Comedy Central June 4, 2006 and was one of the highest rated shows of the year.
Bill starred in and executive produced the half hour sitcom for TBS entitled The Bill Engvall Show, which ran for three seasons on TBS. Bill currently hosts one of the top rated shows on CMT, Country Fried Home Videos. This show finds real videos from real people showing what real Americans do, bringing the wit and wisdom to television that only the heartland can offer.
In 2008 Bill released Bait Shop which co-starred Billy Ray Cyrus. The story centers around a small town bait shop owner who finds his beloved business threatened with foreclosure. In an attempt to raise the money to save it, he enters a high profile fishing tournament. The film made its world premiere on USA and the DVD is currently available. Additionally, Bill starred in the movie Delta Farce with Larry the Cable Guy and D.J. Qualls, which was released on May 11, 2007 and distributed by Lionsgate. This hilarious comedy about three blue collar heroes on the military’s front line is currently available on DVD.
His first album, Here’s Your Sign (Warner Bros. May ’96), has been certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. It went on to peak at #5 on Billboard’s Current Country Album Chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. Collaborating with musician Travis Tritt on a video also entitled, Here’s 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 #1 on Billboard’s Country Singles Sales Chart for ten weeks and reached the Top 30 on the Billboard’s Singles Sales Chart, which covers all genres of music.
Tickets and Details
Tickets to Bill Engvall are $25-$75. Contact the Stockbridge Campus Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, by calling 413-298-5576 or the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.