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Monday, September 29, 2008

Paul Newman

This morning as I staggered to my computer still waking up I clicked on yahoo and was startled to read that Paul Newman had passed away. Now normally I read about celebrity passings and I am sorry. But this morning was especially hard. I never had the chance to meet Mr. Newman but he was always and will continue to be my favorite actor. I wish that our paths would have crossed at some point, even if it was just to say hello. From Cool Hand Luke to The color of Money he has been amazing. But more than that he seemed to be a genuine person, a man that cared. I am sad to think that there will be no more opportunities for a chance meeting with the man. So we have lost another great one, I guess the upside is that when we all go to meet our maker there are going to be some great entertainers waiting to thrill us again.

27 Comments:

Blogger SLPLady said...

I've always loved him in his movies as well and he gave so much back to others.

I also wanted to thank you for such a great show at EIU in Charleston, IL this past Saturday. My family and I were laughing so hard I could hardly catch my breath! Thanks for helping to create such good memories for us and the other families!

September 29, 2008 6:17 PM  
Blogger chrissy said...

I, honestly, honestly felt the same way when I heard. Not that I had even a remote chance of ever meeting him as you did, but gosh, ever given the chance, he is one of the few people I would have stopped to meet, even if it was only a mere passing. He really seemed genuine! He is someone that will be missed! Thanks for this honest post.

October 4, 2008 8:09 AM  
Blogger Tom McCool said...

Hey, Bill, just stumbled upon your little blog here. I love your comedy - it's clean family fun. You must have read Mad Magazine when you were a boy. Your material is right out of Al Jaffee's Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions. In fact, I think you might have stole a bit from old Al! That's OK, it's all for laughs!

October 17, 2008 8:24 AM  
Blogger Mohammad said...

Since I found out about it, I remembered my favorite movie from him "A cat on a hot tin roof" and went to rent it and watched again. It was good as first time and I think this movie keep him alive for me for ever.

October 27, 2008 12:50 PM  
Blogger Sweet said...

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A COUPLE WHO HAD BEEN HAPPILY MARRIED FOR YEARS.


THE ONLY FRICTION IN THEIR MARRIAGE WAS THE HUSBAND'S HABIT OF FARTING LOUDLY EVERY MORNING WHEN HE AWOKE. THE NOISE WOULD WAKE HIS WIFE AND THE SMELL WOULD MAKE HER EYES WATER AND MAKE HER GASP FOR AIR.

EVERY MORNING SHE WOULD PLEAD WITH HIM TO STOP RIPPING THEM OFF BECAUSE IT WAS MAKING HER SICK.
HE TOLD HER HE COULDN'T
STOP IT AND THAT IT WAS PERFECTLY NA TURAL.
SHE TOLD HIM TO
SEE A DOCTOR, SHE WAS CONCERNED THAT ONE DAY HE WOULD BLOW HIS GUTS OUT.


THE YEARS WENT BY AND HE CONTINUED TO RIP THEM OUT. THEN ONE THANKSGIVING MORNING AS SHE WAS PREPARING THE TURKEY FOR DINNER AND HE WAS UPSTAIRS SOUND ASLEEP, SHE LOOKED AT THE INNARDS AND NECK, GIZZARD, LIVER AND ALL THE SPARE PARTS AND A MALICIOUS THOUGHT CAME TO HER.


SHE TOOK THE BOWL AND WENT UPSTAIRS WHERE HER HUSBAND WAS SOUND ASLEEP AND, GENTLY PULLING THE BED COVERS BACK, SHE PULLED BACK THE ELASTIC WAISTBAND OF HIS UNDERPANTS AND
EMPTIED THE BOWL OF TURKEY GUTS INTO HIS SHORTS.


SOME TIME LATER SHE HEARD HER HUSBAND WAKEN WITH HIS USUAL TRUMPETING WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY A BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM AND THE SOUND OF FRANTIC FOOT STEPS AS HE RAN INTO THE BATH ROOM.
THE WIFE COULD HARDLY CONTROL HERSELF AS SHE ROLLED
ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING, TEARS IN HER EYES! AFTER YEARS OF TORTURE SHE RECKONED SHE HAD GOT HIM BACK PRETTY GOOD.


ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES LATER, HER HUSBAND CAME DOWNSTAIRS IN HIS BLOODSTAINED UNDERPANTS WITH A LOOK OF HORROR ON
HIS FACE. SHE BIT HER LIP AS SHE ASKED HIM WHAT WAS WRONG.


HE SAID, 'HONEY YOU WERE RIGHT.' 'ALL THESE YEARS YOU HAVE WARNED ME A ND I DIDN'T LISTEN TO YOU'.


'WHAT DO YOU MEAN?' ASKED HIS WIFE.


'WELL, YOU ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT ONE DAY I WOULD END UP FARTING MY GUTS OUT, AND TODAY IT FINALLY HAPPENED. BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, SOME VASELINE AND TWO FINGERS. I THINK I GOT MOST OF THEM BACK IN.

November 11, 2008 11:14 PM  
Blogger GammaDelta said...

You were hilarious last night at the Christmas party in Quincy. Normally I dread going, but when I heard you were performing, it made my year (yeah...been kind of a boring year...haha)

Your joke about younger women...well I will speak for every woman in her twenties when I say you are DEFINITELY attractive! I honestly had no idea you were fifty-one. Your wife is such a lucky woman and I can tell from your jokes that you really do love her. She must be an amazing woman!

What you said about always finding a way to laugh, that really touched home. The holidays have been hard the past few years because of bad family situations but what you said about having to keep laughing, it really stuck with me.

So thank you for being such an incredible comedian. You did great last night and brought a great light to my holiday season!

December 7, 2008 12:15 PM  
Blogger Razgriz said...

Old Paulie god rest his soul hey bill i got a question and i dunno if you can answer it or not you show on 04/18/2009 in Norfolk, VA, AT THE CONSTANT CONVOCATION CTR, i cant find tickets it isnt even listed on ticket master only other one near me is fairfax,if you could help in some way

December 19, 2008 6:28 PM  
Blogger carroll said...

Hi Bill! This is the first blog, hope it works. I too, was sadden by the loss of Paul Newman. Not only was he a great actor but in his late years, I feel the public really got to know the personal side of Paul, revealing a down-to-earth guy. That only adds to his enormous appeal. Having said that, I was listing to this other, down-to-earth celebrity on 104 serius satallite radio a few months back (great show by the way). You spoke about the blue collar comics and your opinions on the "greats". You also said you were a D.J. in the 70's. I am a generation younger then the disco age but still enjoy the music and fan fare along with it. I thought it ironic that I heard this bit of info. because I have signed myself of for a 70's disco dance at my son's school for 4th and 5th graders along with their parents. I was wondering if you or anyone out there has any music suggestions (we are hiring a kids' oriented d.j. company that will allow a music list) and decorations/clothing accessories that will add to the kids' experience. Thanks all for reading and Bill, thank you for telling your story and making up laugh along the way. You're great!!!!

December 28, 2008 8:07 AM  
Blogger Duggus said...

Hey Bill,
I just wanted to leave you a comment and tell you that I am such a huge fan of yours. Your comedy has gotten me through a lot of rough days and I can't thank you enough. Your love for your family and your ability to be a clean comic is great. Funny how you and Jeff do it so well. Mr. Foxworthy is also amazing. The two of you are so amazing, and your work could never be matched by anyone else. Thank you for all the laughs. My blog is dbmpschiffman.blogspot.com. If you get a second, it would be an honor to have you visit our blog. My wife and I think you're the best. We recently listened to 15 degrees off cool. My wife peed her pants laughing, especially at the part where you talk about only having gas while your wife is in the car. Priceless and oh so true!

Also, one for you. My daughter is african american. My wife and I are white. We get asked all the time if she was adopted. No explanation needed for a here's your sign!!

Take care and best wishes on the continued success you're destined to have.

Doug Schiffman

January 16, 2009 5:12 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

Hey, Mr. Bill, me and my mom and dad came to see you in San Antonio in November. We laughed so hard and were hurting so bad we almost couldnt breath. Anyway now I'm a huge fan of you and Dorkfish. We are coming to see you again at the Houston, Tx. Arena Theater in April. My mom said I could scream at you from the audience and hold up a "sign" that I'm making (if the theater people let us that is) so if you see a kid in your audience waving a big piece of poster board and screaming her head off then thats me. Thanks for making my boring life more fun.

Love, Heaven Leigh 11yrs.

February 21, 2009 8:56 PM  
Blogger X my real name right?? said...

We all have had individuals whom have impacted our lives. We always expect them to be around forever, cuz they have always been there for us. Nothing in "Life" is free. The loss we feel at another's passing is equal to the "JOY" which they have bestowed upon us over a lifetime. The hardest part is the pay back. Payable on demand, and is due in one lump sum. It is true with anyone with which we cross paths with, none, no matter how close they are to us, actually realize the impact they have had upon our lives, and who we have become via their influence.

April 21, 2009 2:42 PM  
Blogger X my real name right?? said...

MEMORANDUM






To: [Mr. Jeff Foxworthy]
From: Mr. Bill Engvall
Date: Today
Subject:
As too your comments at the roast. Of old “Larry what’s his name????” 1st and foremost I was at the opening of a new “Laundromat.” 2nd You accepted the invitation!!!! Here’s your sign..... OOOPS Better let me hold it for ya.... Don’t want ya too lose it!!!!!

April 21, 2009 2:55 PM  
Blogger kamelspitt said...

My husband and I were on our way to the CA coast, when we stopped for gas. My husband handed me $30 and said to buy myself a drink and put the rest in the tank. I ended up paying $28 and only using 425 to fill up the tank. I handed my husband the remaining $3. Once we had been on our way, I noticed he kept flicking the gauge and pounding on the dash. When I asked him what was wrong, he said, "The damn gauge is busted. It keeps saying it's full." I replied, "Well, honey, that's because I filled it up. Remember?" Here's your sign.

April 22, 2009 12:31 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

(Don't you just hate it when you've waited a long time to say something, and when you finally get the chance, your mind goes blank?)

Damn.

May 22, 2009 11:11 PM  
Blogger Joe S. said...

I have always enjoyed the "you might be a redneck" jokes. However, here are a few truisms about "rednecks" that you may want to mention on your next time out.

We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I'd choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of. I hope you consider me a redneck. If you feel the same, pass this on to your redneck friends.. Ya'll know who y'are.




You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'

You might be a redneck if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if: You still say ' Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'

You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.

You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if: You've never burned an American flag and would stop anyone else from doing it.

You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.

You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and raised your kids to do the same.

You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend...

If you got this email from me, it's because I believe that you, like me, have just enough Red Neck in you to have the same beliefs as those talked about in this email.


God Bless the USA !

?

Keep the fire burning, redneck friend.

IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS

FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM .


IN GOD WE TRUST

June 4, 2009 5:21 AM  
Blogger BikeRider said...

Bill, you're always talking about how the country boys among us are looked at by the rest of the nation, well, I found a YouTube video where a couple of guys were making their own commercial. This..well, you gotta see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFUFDUY9bDE

Rednecks are us.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

June 8, 2009 12:34 PM  
Blogger BikeRider said...

Bill, you're always talking about how the country boys among us are looked at by the rest of the nation, well, I found a YouTube video where a couple of guys were making their own commercial. This..well, you gotta see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFUFDUY9bDE

Rednecks are us.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

June 8, 2009 12:35 PM  
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June 17, 2009 11:30 AM  
Blogger KnightEnder said...

He was one of the best. Fast Eddie and Butch Cassidy and a hundred other great ones.

I was listening to Bill's description of his F-16 ride this morning and it was hilarious. Then I got to work and there is a story on Fox News about and F-16 that crashed today.

Those pilots are experts and brave as hell, but sometimes bad things happen. Glad it wasn't the one with Bill in it.

JL

June 23, 2009 8:11 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thought of you the other day. A lady looked at my twin daughters while we were in line at the grocery and she said "they both twins?"

June 29, 2009 7:26 PM  
Blogger engvallfaninalaska said...

so sorry to hear about neman. I just also wanted to say hello to mr.engvall and how much i enjoy your comedy. I often listen to you whenever i can on my way to work before i cut trees down for the day. Hope I can somehow get in touch with Mr. Engvall someday.

August 9, 2009 10:36 AM  
Blogger DaniyO said...

So sorry to hear! A great actor! Color of Money

I can't find another way to write to you, but I wanted to share this quick story:

I walked into the uptown subway and a guy who's already there asks me,
"You going uptown?" Me (in my head): Here's your sign!
-Dan from NY City

October 1, 2009 5:22 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi just stumbled across your blog. I love your stand up and so does my fiancee. The only thing is, now every time he doesn't want to do something he says "I can't. I'm just a guy!"

December 12, 2009 4:36 PM  
Blogger dg13 said...

My seven year old daughter just started wearing glasses, she has a pretty high prescription, and she forgets to take them to school frequently so I take them in to her almost daily. She and I sat down to discuss this and I asked her, "Don't your glasses help you read better"? She wrinkled her face and looked at me really strange and replied, "NO, they just help me see better!"
First thing I thought...There's my sign =)

December 17, 2009 9:18 PM  
OpenID newjean2000 said...

Hey Bill, I'm watching your "Aged and Confused" on Comedy Central right now. Just wondering why you don't come to South Carolina to do your show....we sure would love to have you here. I've also enjoyed watching the Bill Engvall Show on TV. Thanks for being you.

December 27, 2009 5:43 PM  
Blogger mel said...

I was listening to your bit on laughing during romantic interludes and it reminded me of my husband and I ...we were just getting going when I accidently let out a fart to which my husband made the comment oooooo you vibrated my balls of course that was the end of that cause you can not have romantic moments like that while laughing

January 11, 2010 12:28 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I shared this at Jeff Foxworthy's page as well but it's just too damn funny to not share so here it is: A week or so ago, my husband hit a deer on a "highly populated deer" stretch of road in rural Missouri. He was about a mile from the house so he came home and let me know about it. I called the police department to inquire about an accident report (we've never dealt with any accidents or insurance claims before this) and they told me to call the insurance company which I did. After I got off the phone with the insurance company, my husband decided that maybe he'd go back and get the deer and have what was left of it processed. He doesn't really hunt (yea I know right?) and the deer was pretty mangled but he asked me to call the police department back and ask about what he would have to do in order to legally collect the dead deer which I did. When I got the response from the police department, I immediatly thought of the Blue Collar Boys and seriously could not believe I'd never heard any of y'all bring this up. The police department's response was that my husband had to load the deer up in the truck and bring it in so they could verify that it was indeed hit by a vehicle and issue him a ROAD KILL PERMIT! A road kill PERMIT people! I was raised in Ne and moved to Missouri about twelve years ago. I had never heard of a road kill permit and couldn't stop laughing at the cop I was talking to on the phone. Just thought I'd pass it along. Oh, and by the way, when my husband went back to take another look at the deer to see if anything was salvagable .. the damn thing was gone and trust me, it didn't get up and walk away. Apparently some other backwoods hillbilly found it to be fair game and took off with it!

January 12, 2010 7:19 AM  

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