William Ray "Bill" Engvall, Jr. (born July 27, 1957 in Galveston, Texas) is an American comedian best known for his work as a stand-up comic and as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group. In 2007 TBS began airing his sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. He has released multiple comedy albums on Warner Bros. Records as well.
Engvall was born and raised in Texas. He attended Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. He attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He left college, though, to pursue a career in the world of comedy.
He has been married to his wife, Gail, since 1982. He has a daughter named Emily, a senior at the University of Puget Sound, as well as a son, Travis. Both appear regularly in his humor.
Engvall began his career on the sitcom Designing Women. He hit his first big break when he went on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and from there won the American Comedy Awards Comic of the Year. He then joined the cast of Delta Burke's self-titled Designing Women spinoff, which lasted for one year. He then began producing his own albums. Before becoming a well-known comedian, Engvall joined the popular