Friday, January 18, 2008

Fun With Foxworthy

Now I'm not necessarily saying that my valley is populated entirely by rednecks, but Mr. Jeff Foxworthy would have a field day with some of the folk around here.

Two days ago one of my Young Life kids, a lanky senior named Brandon who drives a rusted, beat-up old Ford truck, came in the building after school to show me his two new puppies. They are adorable six-week old lab mixes, little black balls of fuzz with tiny white socks on their feet. He plans to train them up in the way that they should go; that is, he will turn them into bird dogs.

One is named Copen and the other is Hagen.

I somehow don't think Brandon was thinking about Denmark.


Here is a clip of Jeff Foxworthy at Young Life's ASC 2008. It's the best footage of this particular routine to appear on YouTube so far, even though it just focuses on the screen and never pans out to show us the actual stage or the four thousand people in attendance.

A few notes on the video:

-The woman you can occasionally see in the background is Gregg Foxworthy, Jeff's wife. Yes, that is her given name. She is quite funny herself and got some good jokes in about being named Gregg. She was in Young Life as a high school student in Louisiana and unfortunately cannot remember the name of her leader. Tribute is paid to that nameless leader in the routine.

-Margie was, for decades, the HR person at headquarters who would have handled any situations of inappropriate behavior from staff people. Young Lifers are notorious for pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable and appropriate in funny skits. You'll hear reference to dear Margie, who retired this year. Everyone loved and feared her simultaneously.

-The reference to the crazy costume is also related to funny skits. It seems the more a Young Life leader is willing to completely humiliate him/herself and look ridiculous, the more endeared they become to the kids. I don't know why it works, but it does, and YL has taken advantage of that fact since its inception in 1941.

-"Five hundred hours on a Christmas tree lot" refers to one of the many ways YL areas are trying to be creative about raising the funds for their budget.

So, without further ado, here is Jeff Foxworthy and "Ways to Tell if You Might Be on Young Life Staff."

1 comment:

Mister Ed T said...

I really enjoyed this. I liked how he casually shifted from the funny to the serious.