New Yorker Spotlights Blue Collar Comedy Tour

If the The New Yorker profiles you as a surprising cultural phenomenon, you might be a redneck. In its July 10 issue, the magazine reports on the record-breaking success of the Blue Collar Comedy tour, the personalities of its members (Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Bill Engvall) and the promotional skills of the tour’s chief architect, talent manager J.P. Williams. According to the article, the tour drew the largest crowd ever at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center this past February — 18,183 people — more than Billy Joel and Elton John attracted in their combined appearance there.