HIGH POINT — Many things likely come to mind when you think of a recliner with the name Jeff Foxworthy attached to it.
“You probably expect one from the curb,” actor-comedian Foxworthy said with a laugh.
After all, Foxworthy has made a living out of poking fun at his blue-collar Georgia roots.
The new Jeff Foxworthy Home collection of recliners and recliner sofas by Chinese leather upholstery furniture maker Man Wah, which debuted this weekend at the High Point home furnishings market, is surprisingly upscale.
“I have people who are disappointed my house doesn’t have wheels,” Foxworthy said with a chuckle.
Even when working as a shill for his own furniture line, Foxworthy still likes to zing a one-liner or two.
The truth is, Foxworthy takes home furnishings seriously. He said you won’t find any holes in his furniture at home or hay bales being used as foot rests.
“The first thing people say when they come in our house, ‘I feel like I can kick my shoes off,’” Foxworthy said. “I’m on the road all the time, so my house is my escape. I want it to be nice, but I want it to be comfortable.”
Jeff Foxworthy Home lives up to his standards of upscale comfort with earthy tones in leather and plush upholstery, for which Man Wah is known.
“Before I even discussed putting my name on it, I came up here and said, ‘Let me see what you’ve got,’” Foxworthy said.
Recliners come in manual and automatic, which Foxworthy was quick to demonstrate.
Prices range from $500 to $3,000.
“Even at the bottom of the line, you’re getting a good piece of furniture,” he said. “It’s the same you get at the top of the line, you’ve just got a different covering on it.”
The closest thing to man cave amenities might be the upholstered cup holders.
No plaid or prints with fish or deer.
The collection isn’t Foxworthy’s first foray into retail.
In 2011, he launched Foxworthy Outdoors, a line of hunting and outdoors products. He also has his own line of food products, including Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips.
Foxworthy is best known for his stand-up comedy, which gained popularity through his “You might be a redneck” one-liners. He went on to perform with comedians Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Ron White for the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” which spawned a movie and TV show.
Foxworthy has written several books based on his blue collar humor.
A father of two grown daughters, Foxworthy has hosted the television game show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” in which adults take an elementary school test for a shot at a million dollars.
He said he has been approached to host another game show, but won’t say yet what the concept is.
He has written three children’s books and is working on another.
Foxworthy is more than just a funny guy. He leads a weekly Bible study for men at a homeless shelter in Atlanta.
He was inspired to help with the ministry after meeting a young man at the shelter trying to get his life together after substance abuse.
“He lost his father. Then he lost his mother. So he started to get high to cope. I looked at him and thought I would’ve started getting high, too,” Foxworthy said. “I thought ‘You’re me, you’re just under different circumstances.’”
The ministry has grown from about 25 to around 350 in the 10 years Foxworthy has been leading it.
“One of the guys told me, ‘In the beginning, we didn’t want to like you because we thought you were doing this to feel good about yourself. But you just kept coming. You wore us down,’” Foxworthy said.
Foxworthy is still on the road with his comedy, but not as often as he used to be.
“I still love that time on the stage,” he said.
He laughs that the airports provide shuttles for him more than when he was younger.
Foxworthy said he is excited to launch his new furniture collection.
“I’ve always wanted to get into home furnishings, but furniture is the first piece you have to do,” he said.
Foxworthy knows his new line isn’t for everyone.
“The styles for millennials are small. That’s because they move a lot and don’t want to carry it up and down stairs,” Foxworthy said with a laugh. “My stuff is for people that are going to be there awhile.”