Bill Engvall

Susan's Best Friend

Hey everybody, Well its time for another installment from the set of the Bill Engvall Show. This week is a very special week for us. Cynthia Watros makes the first of three guest star appearances on our show. Cynthia plays Susan’s best friend since childhood and comes to visit her and the family. She plays a character named AJ and is a bit of a thorn in Bill’s side. She feels that Susan has given up on the fun things in life. AJ is a world traveler and does not have roots anywhere. She takes Susan salsa dancing and this starts to bother Bill. Not because he doesn’t want Susan going out with AJ, but because he realizes that maybe he and Susan are living in a bit of a rut. So Bill turns to his best friend Paul(Tim Meadows) to teach him how to salsa dance. This was one of the funniest scenes that I have been a part of. Tim Meadows is simply hysterical in this. It was really hard to keep a straight face as Tim taught me to dance. Bill Pearson ends up showing ... read more

No Gifts, Please!

Hey everyone, Hope that you are enjoying the Bill Engvall Show. Well, it's time for another installment of what's been going on at the set. This week's show deals with a common problem that most couples and parents have. The "A story" is about giving gifts to each other. I have found that the longer that you are married the harder it is to find the right gift. Now, some people are blessed with the ability to find that perfect gift. My wife has this attribute. I on the other hand for the life of me cannot find the perfect gift. I think that is because being a male, we just don't think that hard about gifts. Women remember the tiniest things that we say and in turn are able to turn that into the gift that we really want. I have also learned in my years of being married that when a woman says "I don't care what you get me." They really mean, "I do care but I am going to see what you come up with."A prime example: One year my wife said those famous words "I don't care" and I found ou... read more

The Bill Engvall Show Returns to TBS Thursday, June 12

Well, we are underway! The Bill Engvall Show is well into production now and it just gets more fun. I am so thrilled with the way the writers have stepped up this show. We had a great year last year and my charge to the writing staff was to make it even funnier and they have. In our first episode we deal with a couple of things that are near and dear to my heart. First off, anyone who has a cell phone will understand, and by now I am guessing that is pretty much anyone with a heartbeat. One of my pet peeves about these things is that we can put a rover on the planet Mars but I cannot get a good cell signal in the area where I live. I don’t know that there is anything more frustrating than finding in the middle of a conversation screaming into the phone, ARE YOU THERE, ARE YOU THERE? AGGGGH. Now the cellular companies will tell you, ‘well the signal is a straight signal and the buildings get in the way.’ Here is a novel idea: why not put a satellite in space an... read more

The Bill Engvall Show - Renewed for 2nd Season

Well here we are the season finale of The Bill Engvall Show. It has just flown by. It seems like only yesterday that I was writing you about the season premier of my show. Over the last eight weeks I have been telling you about various aspects of putting on a show. However this week I thought that I would take the time to thank you the viewer for watching my show. I am so blessed to have such great fans like yourself, not only have you supported me in my stand-up but now with the TV show. I am thrilled that you have stood up and said that yes we want a family type sit com. Sometimes I feel that the viewing public is over looked or not even considered when shows are put on. This is where I must give a great deal of thanks to TBS. They believed that my show is the type of show that the viewing public wanted to see and you answered with a resounding yes. It looks as though we will be back for another season next year and more fun shows. Please tell your friends and co worker... read more

Bill Engvall Show Finale Airs Sept. 4 at 9 pm/ET on TBS

Well, gang, we are coming to the end of the first round of shows. I hope that you are enjoying our little play. Tonight’s episode deals with gift-giving. When we are children we really don’t think much about gift-giving because we are usually the ones receiving the gifts. Even when when we did have to give gifts, like on birthdays or Mother's Day, our parents would go and buy them for us. When we had to give gifts to our parents, we usually made a coin holder (in the old days this was also an ashtray) out of clay and then painted it. Or we mushed our hands into wet clay so that our parents had a permanent impression of our little mitts. So when we grow up and start dating or get married we (especially men) are totally unprepared in the proper ways of buying gifts. Trust me on this one: It took me forever to figure out that women actually do care what you give them. But in defense of my stance on this subject, when I ask my wife what she wanted for her birthday she told me... read more

The Bill Engvall Show: Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET on TBS

Hey, everyone, hope that you're continuing to enjoy The Bill Engvall Show. This week's blog is about the difference between stand-up comedy and acting on a sitcom. One of the questions that I always get asked is, “Which do you prefer? Stand-up or acting.” They are two completely different forms of entertainment, yet they are also somewhat similar. Stand-up basically involves me standing in front of a microphone and talking to people and hopefully making them laugh. There are no do-overs and the response is instant. I think that's one of the things that makes me love stand-up so much. I love being out on the high wire with no net. When you are doing a stand-up show and the crowd and you are on the same wavelength, there isn't a better feeling in the world. It is as if you are in total control. I have had several shows in which there was almost an out-of-body experience. Not to get weird here, but I see myself pacing back and forth and the audience is laughing and the feelin... read more

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Bill Engvall and wife Gail by Steve Granitz/

Hey everyone. Well now that we have covered pretty much all there is to making a sitcom over the last three weeks, I thought that I would tell you how dreams do come true. When I was a young man living in Winslow, Arizona, one of my favorite pastimes was to go to the Tonto drive-in with my father. We would sit there in his Ford pick-up with a big bag of home-popped popcorn. (Why should we pay for theirs when we could pop our own and put as much butter on it as we wanted?) Anyway, he and I would sit there and watch John Wayne movies like Rio Bravo and the Sons of Katie Elder. As I would sit there watching the Duke beat the snot out of the bad guys, I would think "Man I want to be an actor someday." Of course back in those days you didn't tell your father that you wanted to be an actor, because a) he would not have known what to say, and b) where was he going to get me any training in Winslow? The only department store we had was a Montgomery Wards catalogue outlet. That's right, if ... read more

The Bill Engvall Show on TBS: Storylines

Hey everyone! Well it is time for another installation of Bill’s Blog. I have been asked several times how we decide what storyline we use for a show. Well, I will try to explain this, because to be honest with you, I did not know myself until I started working on this show. See, before The Bill Engvall Show, I was just another actor on a show. So I would show up on Monday, be handed a script and that was the story we were doing that week. When we started production on my new show, we had no storylines. We had to come up with eight shows. So the process began: I would sit in a room with the writers and basically we would just talk. I would convey different ideas that I had come up with over the previous few weeks. Now, in this room there was me, Mike Leeson and four other writers. There is also a person who sits at a laptop and writes down every idea that comes out of our mouths. We would do this for about three hours and then we would break for lunch. When we would come back f... read more

The Bill Engvall Show on TBS, Episode 2

Hey everyone! Hope that you all enjoyed the pilot episode of The Bill Engvall Show (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET, on TBS). When I am traveling around the country doing my live shows, people are always asking me how long it takes to shoot a show like ours, so I thought that we would dedicate this blog to telling you how a typical sitcom is made.Usually we receive the next week's scripts on Thursday night, after the taping of the previous week's show. Then we all show up Friday morning and do what we call a table read. It is basically exactly what it sounds like: We all sit around a table and read the script out loud. I always enjoy this because it is funny to me to see everyone come dragging in after a late night of taping. Needless to say, the coffee is the first thing to go. After the reading, which usually takes about an hour even though the show is only 30 minutes (I never figured that one out), we — meaning me, Nancy and the kids — all go home for the weekend. The writers then ... read more

The Bill Engvall Show on TBS Premieres Tuesday, July 17 at 9/8c

Hello TV Guide fans. Bill Engvall here, and I am thrilled to tell you about my new show on TBS. It premieres July 17th. Some of you may know me from my first album, Here’s Your Sign; The Blue Collar Comedy Tour; or my latest DVD, 15° off Cool.I know a lot of you are like me and are family people. And one of the things that I feel has been missing from television is the lack of family viewing. Well worry no more my friends. The Bill Engvall Show is just the medicine that the doctor ordered. It’s is about a family that lives in Lewisville, Colorado. I play a family therapist who gives no-nonsense advice to his patients, but then has difficulty in applying the same principles to his own family. In the show, I have three children and a wife, played by the extremely talented and beautiful Nancy Travis. Now you know Nancy from things like So I Married an Axe Murderer, Becker and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. On my show her name is Susan, and she is the one ... read more

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