Bill Engvall with his signature “Here’s Your Sign” comedy is bringing his standup performance to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 19 with two shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Recently, Engvall was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars season 17 where he made it to the finals. With no dancing experience, he thought he would only be on the show a week or maybe two.
“I made it to the finals but it wasn’t my dancing abilities it was because my fans have a sick dark sense of humor and they would not let me off,” added Engvall. “And at the time I was 56 and I can tell you that 56-year-old men are not designed to dance six hours a day, seven days a week for 13 weeks.
“We are designed to dance once a year drunk at wedding to Kool and the Gang.”
Although he lost 35 pounds while he was on the show, Engvall explained that there was a tradeoff, since he also had to have his knee replaced, tore a groin muscle, and pulled a hamstring.
Engvall has dabbled in several different aspects in the Entertainment industry with an animated comedy series called “Bounty Hunters,” starred in and was the executive producer on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, and was a part of the successful Blue Collar Comedy tour. Even though he really enjoyed having his own show, Engvall has always had a love for standup.
“I still love standup because I am in control,” said Engvall. “Movies and television are great but you might have a 20-something year-old telling you what they think is funny.
“I love a good place like the Gallo when you have a crowd that is with you and you are on a roll; there is just no better feeling on the planet.”
During his standup performance expect to hear comedy about everyday things like family.
“I don’t want to put in the effort to try to keep up with every current event that is going on,” stated Engvall. “I have to just write my material that people feel good about. So, you know, I try to keep it real relatable.”
Comedic influences like Steve Martin initiated Engvall’s career in comedy as well as Bob Newhart, George Carlin, and Richard Pryor.
“I tell people when you come see my show I don’t want you to think that you are going to see a standup comedian I want you to be more like we are sitting around your living room and I am the funny guy doing the talking,” expressed Engvall. “They can expect a clean relatable show where we are going to cover a lot of subjects and there is going to be a lot of elbowing each other like ‘oh that’s you’.”