Jeff Foxworthy is a comedian most recognized by one of his familiar catchphrases: "You might be a redneck if...", typically followed by something relatively humorous or stereotypical of southerners. An example would be: "You might be a redneck if you have more vehicles up on cement blocks than ones with tires."

Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy was born on September 6, 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia. He went on to comedy, recording several comedy albums including the 1993 hit album named with the title of his catchphrase. His comedy albums were nominated several times for Grammy awards.

Eventually Jeff received his own comedy series which ran from 1995 (on ABC) to 1996 (on NBC). He appeared in several more movies and television shows, eventually landing a gig on "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" for several years.

He continues to do comedy tours and also dabbles in voiceover work. He also authors books ranging from the outdoors to cookbooks to comedies. 

Jeff Foxworthy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and was raised in the nearby suburb of Hapeville, seven miles south of downtown Atlanta. His father was an executive at IBM, and Jeff attended Hapeville High School, and later Georgia Tech, before also working at IBM as a repair person on large mainframes. He left his computer career to begin working in stand-up comedy in 1984, and gained fame in the early 1990s.

Jeff Foxworthy has acknowledged in interviews that working at IBM is not stereotypically a "redneck" occupation, but that what makes him a "redneck" is a "glorious lack of sophistication". I don't think we need to make a purity test for who is a redneck, but I do feel there is a gap between the actual lives of self-proclaimed rednecks, and the lives they celebrate. Hapeville, Georgia includes part of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which was (up until a few weeks ago) the world's busiest airport. The entire history of Hartsfield-Jackson is a long one, and while it was not the world's busiest airport until 1998, it was already the biggest in the 1970s, before Foxworthy launched his comedy career. His high school was located less than a mile from a runway of that airport.

Again, I am not saying this to paint Foxworthy as somehow dishonest, but it shows how preconceptions and implications can sneak into a culture. Foxworthy was raised in an upper middle-class, suburban setting, very close to one of the world's largest transportation portals. While he has never denied this, his personality or persona does imply otherwise. The reality of what life is like for the rural or working class, both traditional parts of what it means to be "redneck", have been somewhat occluded by the media image put forward by figures like Foxworthy.

Jeff's official brief autobiography on his origin:
An interview where Jeff talks about what it means to be a redneck:,8599,1924965,00.html
The history of Atlanta International:

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