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Bill Engvall - More Than Just a Comedian
Posted May 15, 2012 (04:52 PM)
Your most famous thing is probably, "Here's your sign". I know a lot of comedy comes from personal experience, how did that one come about?
You know, that one's been around forever. I used to say that people should be slapped and then one day my wife just said, "Ya know, you don't look like the kind of guy that walks around slapping people." That was back in the days when I was working in the clubs. So you know, you were in the club for 5 or 6 days, and you had time to work on bits. The bit just kind of evolved into this sign thing. People would carry around signs that said, "I'm Stupid" and man it just took off. In fact I used to sell signs for a dollar a piece or two for five bucks after the show. People today will still bring up signs to me that they bought when I was back in the club circuit. That was kind of what got people to know who I was. Pretty much like Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck", once they got to my show they realized there was a lot more to me than just the here's your sign thing. It just kind of kept going, it's been going now for almost 30 years.
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