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Jeff Foxworthy Talks ‘Bring The Funny’ | TODAY


>>>HE’S THE TOP-SELLING COMEDY>>>HE’S THE TOP-SELLING COMEDY RECORDING ARTIST IN HISTORY, A RECORDING ARTIST IN HISTORY, A MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE AND THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF AND THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF 26 BOOKS. 26 BOOKS.>>WHAT ELSE DOES HE DO IN HIS>>WHAT ELSE DOES HE DO IN HIS SPARE TIME? SPARE TIME? HE’S GOT AMERICA IN TOUCH WITH HE’S GOT AMERICA IN TOUCH WITH ITS INNER REDNECK. ITS INNER REDNECK. OF COURSE HE’S ITS ONE AND ONLY OF COURSE HE’S ITS ONE AND ONLY JEFF FOXWORTHY, WHO’S A JUDGE JEFF FOXWORTHY, WHO’S A JUDGE ALONGSIDE KEENAN THOMPSON, ALONGSIDE KEENAN THOMPSON, CHRISSY TEIGEN AND HOST AMANDA CHRISSY TEIGEN AND HOST AMANDA SEALS ON THE COMPETITION “BRING SEALS ON THE COMPETITION “BRING THE FUNNY.” THE FUNNY.”>>SO COMEDY ACTS COMPETE FOR A>>SO COMEDY ACTS COMPETE FOR A $250,000 PRIZE PACKAGE AND TO $250,000 PRIZE PACKAGE AND TO SEE THEIR NAME IN LIGHTS. SEE THEIR NAME IN LIGHTS. CHECK OUT WHEN THE LAST — THIS CHECK OUT WHEN THE LAST — THIS IS WHEN CHRISSY TRIED TO TEACH IS WHEN CHRISSY TRIED TO TEACH JEFF HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM. JEFF HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM.>>JEFF, YOU HAVE ZERO>>JEFF, YOU HAVE ZERO FOLLOWERS. FOLLOWERS.>>WELL, I HAVEN’T POSTED>>WELL, I HAVEN’T POSTED ANYTHING. ANYTHING.>>YOU’VE GOT TO POST SOMETHING.>>YOU’VE GOT TO POST SOMETHING. YOU’VE GOT TO GO UP. YOU’VE GOT TO GO UP.>>HI THERE, IT’S JEFF FOX>>HI THERE, IT’S JEFF FOX WORTHY, MY FIRST INSTAGRAM POST. WORTHY, MY FIRST INSTAGRAM POST. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, WE’RE JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, WE’RE SITTING HERE ON THE SET OF SITTING HERE ON THE SET OF “BRING THE FUNNY” HERE ON NBC. “BRING THE FUNNY” HERE ON NBC.>>AUDIENCE, JEFF FOXWORTHY IS>>AUDIENCE, JEFF FOXWORTHY IS NOW ON INSTAGRAM. NOW ON INSTAGRAM. I MADE HIM AN ACCOUNT. I MADE HIM AN ACCOUNT. I’M SO HAPPY AND PROUD! I’M SO HAPPY AND PROUD! PROUD MAMA. PROUD MAMA. OH, WE DIDN’T HIT RECORD. OH, WE DIDN’T HIT RECORD.>>YOU REALLY DIDN’T?>>YOU REALLY DIDN’T? YOU DIDN’T HIT RECORD? YOU DIDN’T HIT RECORD?>>SO CHRISSY TEIGEN IS TEACHING>>SO CHRISSY TEIGEN IS TEACHING YOU HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM. YOU HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM. SHE’S LIKE THE INSTAGRAM QUEEN. SHE’S LIKE THE INSTAGRAM QUEEN.>>THE FIRST DAY OF THE SHOW,>>THE FIRST DAY OF THE SHOW, SHE’S LIKE HOW OFTEN DO YOU SHE’S LIKE HOW OFTEN DO YOU INSTAGRAM? INSTAGRAM? I DON’T DO ANY OF THAT STUFF. I DON’T DO ANY OF THAT STUFF.>>YOU DIDN’T DO SOCIAL MEDIA AT>>YOU DIDN’T DO SOCIAL MEDIA AT ALL? ALL?>>NO.>>NO. I’M OLD SCHOOL. I’M OLD SCHOOL. I WRITE EVERYTHING ON A YELLOW I WRITE EVERYTHING ON A YELLOW NOTEBOOK. NOTEBOOK.>>ALL YOUR BOOKS?>>ALL YOUR BOOKS?>>YEAH, EVERYTHING, YOU>>YEAH, EVERYTHING, YOU REMEMBER IT BETTER IF YOU WRITE REMEMBER IT BETTER IF YOU WRITE IT BY HAND. IT BY HAND.>>I WAS SO HAPPY.>>I WAS SO HAPPY. I GOT ON IT AND I’M UP TO I GOT ON IT AND I’M UP TO 50,000. 50,000. I SAID YES. I SAID YES. I SAID CHRISSY, HOW MANY DO YOU I SAID CHRISSY, HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE? HAVE? SHE SAID 27 MILLION. SHE SAID 27 MILLION.>>SO THIS SHOW IS SO MUCH FUN>>SO THIS SHOW IS SO MUCH FUN BECAUSE YOU ARE GIVING THE NEXT BECAUSE YOU ARE GIVING THE NEXT GENERATION OF COMEDIANS AN GENERATION OF COMEDIANS AN OPPORTUNITY. OPPORTUNITY.>>YOU KNOW WHAT, AND THE TIMING>>YOU KNOW WHAT, AND THE TIMING IS SO RIGHT. IS SO RIGHT. I THINK THIS COUNTRY REALLY I THINK THIS COUNTRY REALLY NEEDS A LAUGH. NEEDS A LAUGH. I THINK LAUGHTER IS THE RELEASE I THINK LAUGHTER IS THE RELEASE VALVE THAT KEEPS THE BOILER FROM VALVE THAT KEEPS THE BOILER FROM EXPLODING. EXPLODING. WE’VE KIND OF BECOME SO WE’VE KIND OF BECOME SO POLITICALLY CORRECT THAT WE POLITICALLY CORRECT THAT WE DON’T LAUGH AT OURSELVES DON’T LAUGH AT OURSELVES ANYMORE. ANYMORE. SO KIND OF THE IDEA WITH THIS SO KIND OF THE IDEA WITH THIS SHOW, ANY COMEDY COMPETITION SHOW, ANY COMEDY COMPETITION YOU’VE EVER SEEN, IT WAS ALWAYS YOU’VE EVER SEEN, IT WAS ALWAYS STAND-UP LIKE “LAST COMIC STAND-UP LIKE “LAST COMIC STANDING” OR WHATEVER. STANDING” OR WHATEVER. OUR IDEA WAS WE DON’T CARE HOW OUR IDEA WAS WE DON’T CARE HOW YOU DO IT AS LONG AS IT’S FUNNY. YOU DO IT AS LONG AS IT’S FUNNY. YOU CAN DO IT WITH A SKETCH YOU CAN DO IT WITH A SKETCH TROUPE, A GUITAR, WHATEVER. TROUPE, A GUITAR, WHATEVER.>>MAGIC.>>MAGIC.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>SO WHAT HAVE THE ACTS BEEN>>SO WHAT HAVE THE ACTS BEEN LIKE? LIKE? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACTS? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACTS?>>IT’S ALL ACROSS THE BOARD,>>IT’S ALL ACROSS THE BOARD, WHICH IS KIND OF WEIRD BECAUSE WHICH IS KIND OF WEIRD BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT COMPARING APPLES TO YOU’RE NOT COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES. APPLES. YOU MAY HAVE A STAND-UP GOING UP YOU MAY HAVE A STAND-UP GOING UP AGAINST A SKETCH TROUPE BUT WE AGAINST A SKETCH TROUPE BUT WE DON’T CARE. DON’T CARE. I’VE BEEN DOING STAND-UP FOR 35 I’VE BEEN DOING STAND-UP FOR 35 YEARS. YEARS. I UNDERSTAND STAND-UP A LITTLE I UNDERSTAND STAND-UP A LITTLE BIT. BIT. KEENAN IS THE LONGEST CAST KEENAN IS THE LONGEST CAST MEMBER ON SNL. MEMBER ON SNL. BUT CHRISSY JUST SHOWS DOES IT BUT CHRISSY JUST SHOWS DOES IT MAKE ME LAUGH OR NOT MAKE ME MAKE ME LAUGH OR NOT MAKE ME LAUGH. LAUGH. SHE’S THE MOST IMPORTANT JUDGE SHE’S THE MOST IMPORTANT JUDGE BECAUSE IT EITHER MAKES HER BECAUSE IT EITHER MAKES HER LAUGH OR IT DOESN’T. LAUGH OR IT DOESN’T.>>WE HAVE THIS PICTURE OF YOU>>WE HAVE THIS PICTURE OF YOU WITH JOHNNY CARSON, WHICH I WITH JOHNNY CARSON, WHICH I LOVE. LOVE. YOU TRIED TO BE ON “STAR SEARCH” YOU TRIED TO BE ON “STAR SEARCH” WHICH WAS MY SHOW BACK IN THE WHICH WAS MY SHOW BACK IN THE ’80s. ’80s. I LOVED “STAR SEARCH.” I LOVED “STAR SEARCH.”>>I AUDITIONED TIME AFTER TIME,>>I AUDITIONED TIME AFTER TIME, LIKE SIX TIMES, AND THEY NEVER LIKE SIX TIMES, AND THEY NEVER TOOK ME. TOOK ME. WHICH IS WHY AS A JUDGE I WHICH IS WHY AS A JUDGE I UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S LYINGIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S LYINGIKE TO BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S LIKE NOT TO ADVANCE. LIKE NOT TO ADVANCE. SO I FINALLY GET ON JOHNNY SO I FINALLY GET ON JOHNNY CARSON. CARSON. WITH JOHNNY, YOU NEVER KNEW IF WITH JOHNNY, YOU NEVER KNEW IF HE WAS GOING TO CALL YOU OVER OR HE WAS GOING TO CALL YOU OVER OR NOT. NOT. LOOK AT THAT MULLET RIGHT THERE. LOOK AT THAT MULLET RIGHT THERE.>>YOU DON’T HAVE A MULLET>>YOU DON’T HAVE A MULLET ANYMORE. ANYMORE. YOU DECIDED TO CUT IT OFF? YOU DECIDED TO CUT IT OFF?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU GET A>>WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU GET A LITTLE OLDER. LITTLE OLDER. YOU KNOW, MOST FASHION IS YOU KNOW, MOST FASHION IS CYCLICAL. CYCLICAL. MULLETS ARE KIND OF THE ONE AND MULLETS ARE KIND OF THE ONE AND DONE. DONE.>>I THOUGHT MULLETS STAY IN>>I THOUGHT MULLETS STAY IN FASHION FOREVER. FASHION FOREVER.>>I THINK IT’S DUE FOR A>>I THINK IT’S DUE FOR A COMEBACK. COMEBACK.>>MAYBE IT IS.>>MAYBE IT IS.>>YOU CAN BRING IT BACK.>>YOU CAN BRING IT BACK.>>I REMEMBER SITTING THERE.>>I REMEMBER SITTING THERE. JOHNNY CALLED ME OVER TO THE JOHNNY CALLED ME OVER TO THE COUCH. COUCH. WE GO TO COMMERCIAL BREAK AND ED WE GO TO COMMERCIAL BREAK AND ED McMAHON LEANED OVER AND SAID WHY McMAHON LEANED OVER AND SAID WHY HAVEN’T YOU DONE “STAR SEARCH”? HAVEN’T YOU DONE “STAR SEARCH”? AND I SAID BECAUSE YOU TURNED ME AND I SAID BECAUSE YOU TURNED ME DOWN SIX TIMES. DOWN SIX TIMES. I DIDN’T ADVANCE IN THAT I DIDN’T ADVANCE IN THAT COMPETITION BUT I GOT TO MAKE COMPETITION BUT I GOT TO MAKE JOHNNY CARSON LAUGH. JOHNNY CARSON LAUGH. IF YOU GO IN MY HOUSE, YOU IF YOU GO IN MY HOUSE, YOU WOULDN’T KNOW I’M A COMIC EXCEPT WOULDN’T KNOW I’M A COMIC EXCEPT FOR I HAVE A PICTURE OF SITTING FOR I HAVE A PICTURE OF SITTING IN THAT CHAIR AND JOHNNY HAS HIS IN THAT CHAIR AND JOHNNY HAS HIS MOUTH OPEN LAUGHING. MOUTH OPEN LAUGHING. BACK IN THAT DAY, THAT WAS THE BACK IN THAT DAY, THAT WAS THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN FOR A COMIC TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN FOR A COMIC IF YOU MADE JOHNNY LAUGH. IF YOU MADE JOHNNY LAUGH.>>I LOVE THAT HE GAVE YOU THAT>>I LOVE THAT HE GAVE YOU THAT OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS SHOW IS OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS SHOW IS DOING FOR SO MANY OTHERS, WHICH DOING FOR SO MANY OTHERS, WHICH IS FANTASTIC. IS FANTASTIC.>>DO YOUR GIRLS LAUGH AT YOU,>>DO YOUR GIRLS LAUGH AT YOU, OR NOT REALLY? OR NOT REALLY?>>I JUST EMBARRASS THEM.>>I JUST EMBARRASS THEM. LIKE YOU GOING OUT IN THE LIKE YOU GOING OUT IN THE BACKYARD IN YOUR BIKINI. BACKYARD IN YOUR BIKINI.>>DO YOU GO IN THE BACKYARD IN>>DO YOU GO IN THE BACKYARD IN THE SPEEDO?

2 thoughts on “Jeff Foxworthy Talks ‘Bring The Funny’ | TODAY

  1. I suggest that NBCUniversal must launch its own video streaming service called "Universal+" in the U.S. and around the world next year.

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