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Just a Guy

Notes from a Blue Collar Life

Bill Engvall with Alan Eisenstock

St. Martin's Press

What does it mean to be JUST A GUY?
--A guy doesn't think before he speaks.
--Eating and sleeping always come first. Always.
--A guy may get married, but he doesn't have to like it.
--It's tough to admit, but all guys are exactly the same.
 
Blue Collar Comedy Star Bill Engvall is JUST A GUY.  He's been one his whole life.  He can't help it.  He was born that way.  And that makes him an expert on the subject.   

For the record, here's the official definition of a guy:  A person who doesn't think before he speaks.  He can't.  He's not that deep.  Because a guy has only three basic needs: eating, sleeping, and sex.  That's it.  JUST A GUY chronicles a lifetime in pursuit of those needs.
 
In this hilarious and heartfelt memoir, Bill Engvall takes you on the rollicking ride of his life, beginning with his childhood in Texas and adolescence in Arizona, becoming a fixture in local emergency rooms, the result of massive amounts of non-thinking behavior trying to impress girls or torture his sisters; to high school in Dallas where he dabbled in an array of truly odd jobs, learned the trombone, and came of age, all strangely connected; to college and his tenure as his fraternity's social chairman, where he masterminded a series of legendary parties and attempted to rescue his pet bird while the house was burning down (not his fault, honest); to following his dream as a standup comic and, gulp, singer; to his brief stint in children's theater while sharing the stage and the back of a van with the director's dog, and as a movie extra with forked tongue and cloth claws; to his bumbling and riotous courtship, then marriage to Gail, the love of his life; and, finally, fatherhood, where he remains, to this day, a well-meaning, but flawed parent.
 
Through it all, Bill gamely stumbles along, struggling to maintain a façade of confidence and control.  Far from a superhero, Bill Engvall is an everyday Everyman, the poster boy for normal.  The result is JUST A GUY who is disarming, perceptive, wildly funny, and unexpectedly moving. 
 
JUST A GUY will make you laugh out loud and tug at your heart. 
 
Hopefully, not at the same time.

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Chapter One
Welcome to the story of my life.
Let's start with the basics.
Like who am I?
Oh, I know you know that I'm the comedian who came up with "Here's Your Sign" and that I'm a member of the cast of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and Blue Collar TV. I'm the one who's not Jeff, Ron, or Larry the Cable Guy. Yeah. That one. That's me.
But who am I really?
That's what I'm about to tell you. I'm a little nervous because I know what's coming. I'm about to reveal some stuff that's very personal, a little bit embarrassing, and sometimes kind of strange. I think there's a decent
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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear Bill Engvall read from his book Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life. Bill Engvall has been making people laugh professionally for more than 20 years, and along with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White, is a founding member of the superstar Blue Collar Comedy Tour. In this audiobook, Engvall explains what it means to be 'just a guy' using all-new stories from his own life.

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  • Bill Engvall with Alan Eisenstock

  • BILL ENGVALL has been a comedian for more than twenty years, and is a founding member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour--along with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White--and the Blue Collar Comedy television show on the WB.  Engvall's first CD, Here's Your Sign, was the #1 comedy album of the year.  He is a co-star of the movie Delta Farce and the star of the sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" on TBS. He lives in Los Angeles.
     
    ALAN EISENSTOCK is the author of several non-fiction works, including THE KINDERGARTEN WARS: The Battle to Get into America's Best Private Schools, TEN ON SUNDAY: The Secret Life of Men, and SPORTS TALK.  He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.  
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Notes from a Blue Collar Life

Bill Engvall with Alan Eisenstock

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