Fast Facts

  • Worked as a tour guide and disc jockey before successfully trying stand-up in Dallas and eventually landing a spot on The Tonight Show in 1990.
  • Won the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up Comedian in 1992.
  • Developed "Here's your sign" into his signature routine, in which he identifies people who should wear a "stupid" sign after asking silly or obvious questions.
  • Collaborated with Travis Tritt on the novelty song "Here's Your Sign," which was a big country-music hit in 1997 and was certified gold. 
  • Published a memoir, Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life, in 2007.
  • Fears snakes and heights.


  • Emily Holden — Daughter
  • Gail Engvall — Wife
  • Travis Engvall — Son


  • Attended Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

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  • Birth Name: William Ray Engvall Jr.
  • Birth Place: Galveston, TX
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor

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