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Laughs on Both Sides of Mason-Dixon Line : Jeff Foxworthy Turns Jokes About Southern Background Into His Funny Business

Fast Track: Up and Comers in Arts and Entertainment. One in a series.

September 20, 1994|JON MATSUMOTO | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Even though Foxworthy has established a strong following among country music fans, he dislikes being labeled a "country comedian." In fact, his redneck routine is a relatively small part of his two-hour stage show. Most of his jokes and anecdotes involve more universal issues like fatherhood and marriage.

Still, this self-proclaimed part-time redneck isn't about to disassociate himself from the hayseed culture that has made him so popular.

"Somebody said that with rednecks you're talking about the lowest common denominator," says Foxworthy. "Well, I say it's the most common denominator. The majority of us are guilty of some (redneck behavior). There are very few of us who are part of rich, highbrow society. When you live in L.A., you think everybody's hip and well-dressed. Get in your car. I've been to . . . every state. What's between New York and L.A. is what's real life."

\o7 * Jeff Foxworthy perform\f7 s\o7 at the Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Saturday at 8 p.m. $21.50. (213) 380-5005\f7 .

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