The Union Democrat

• What: Jeff Foxworthy.

• When: Friday, 7 p.m.

• Where: Westside Pavilion, 17807 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne.

• Tickets: $35 to $225.

• Info:

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy finds the humor in everyday life.

Over the last three decades, he’s told jokes about whatever he happened to be going through: dating, being a newlywed, raising a family.

Now that his two daughters are grown, he has some new material to work with.

“I quit taking care of my kids and now I’m taking care of my parents and there’s a lot of humor in that,” he said during a recent phone interview.

Foxworthy will bring his 90-minute show to Westside Pavilion in Tuolumne this Friday.

He will also talk about technology and the generation gap.

“There’s a lot of stuff Google won’t tell you,” Foxworthy said.

An example of which, he said, is how long to wait to eat Cap’n Crunch cereal after pouring milk on it: Wait too long and it becomes mush, eat it too soon and risk cutting the top of your mouth.

When inspiration strikes, such as eating a bowl of cereal, Foxworthy jots down ideas on notecards he keeps in his back pocket.

Known for his “you might be a redneck” one-liners, Foxworthy is not only a stand-up comedian, but also a Grammy-nominated comedy recording artist and bestselling author of more than 25 books.

He’s also hosted Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” and the Game Show Network’s “The American Bible Challenge.”

Taking a chance

Born and raised in Atlanta, Foxworthy worked at IBM for five years in the 1980s. Known as the funny guy in the office, he would often get caught doing impressions of his boss in the breakroom.

Co-workers entered him in a comedy contest, which he ended up winning.

“I was scared to death, but I knew I liked it,” Foxworthy said.

He eventually quit his job and pursued becoming a full-time comedian.

“My mother’s like, ‘Are you on dope?’” he recalled.

That risk paid off as Foxworthy became one of the country’s most successful comedians. He built a reputation for telling jokes about everyday life in a way people could relate to and even laugh at themselves.

“I found early on what worked for me,” he said.

Foxworthy lived in Los Angeles for seven years until his sitcom, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, ended in 1997 and he decided to move back to Georgia so his kids could live near relatives.

He was a member of the wildly successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe that included Larry the Cable Guy — who performed at Westside in June.

Foxworthy called the tour a career highlight, and said he’s even thought about bringing it back.

Helping the homeless

Currently, Foxworthy said he’s working on a monologue that gives social commentary, similar to the style of Mark Twain.

In fact, Foxworthy said he’s been reading some of Twain’s writings lately.

“Times are so weird right now,” Foxworthy said. “Everyone gets so easily offended.”

While he doesn’t want his show to get political, Foxworthy said, like Twain, he wants to point out some absurdities.

Foxworthy said people should start each day with the premise that “I’m wrong about something” in order to work towards finding common ground.

“I think people are more alike than they are different,” he said.

Foxworthy said his comedy routine has taken him throughout all 50 states. While accents and landscapes change, he said people are basically the same.

“What do we have in common? Everybody wants to be loved. Everybody wants to be significant,” he said.

It’s that mentality that has inspired his work with the homeless.

For the past decade, Foxworthy has lead a Bible study with homeless men on Tuesday mornings in downtown Atlanta. What started with him and 12 guys has grown to 20 group leaders working with 350 homeless men.

Foxworthy, who said he’s always had a “heart for the underdog,” said it’s been rewarding to see many of those men heal from past hurt and turn their lives around.

With his 60th birthday approaching next month, Foxworthy said he still loves his job after more than 30 years.

“I’ve made a great living doing something I would have done for free,” he said.

As another creative outlet, he took up painting last year.

So any plans to retire?

“No,” he said with a laugh. “I’d drive my wife crazy.”