Foxworthy's Best Season Yet
The easygoing, country-flavored comedian is enjoying his biggest television hit to date with the
"Who knew?" Foxworthy says about his success in presiding over "Smarter," which lets adult contestants seek children's help in answering questions. "A number of weeks ago, [producer] Mark Burnett called me, and I wasn't even thinking about doing another TV show. I was happy doing my country countdown radio show and my stand-up and my books, and taking my kids to school and working on my farm."
Since then, Foxworthy has been commuting between his Atlanta home and
Creatively, the show is a walk in the park for Foxworthy: "I don't have to memorize a thing. I'm just out there improv-ing my way through it -- but it's fun. In my mind, it's me and the kids vs. 'them.' Even if you win, you're beating 10-year-olds, so you can't really gloat about it."
Conversely, the winners of the 2007 CMT Music Awards will have much to boast about.
"My wife thinks I'm an idiot," Foxworthy allows. "She says, 'When you're hosting an award show, the only thing that can possibly happen is something bad. If you do it good, nobody really notices.' As a comic, though, you like that fear of walking the tightrope. That's the nature of the job, so when you have a show that has to fit into a certain time and go smoothly, it's just a real satisfying feeling when it all comes together."
Foxworthy also is comfortable with the talents he's among during the event. "Country music artists don't take themselves too seriously. It's like catching up with old friends, showing each other pictures of your kids backstage. They're relaxed, and that relaxes you. I think we all realize we're two decisions away from cleaning gutters, so we're just real thankful to be there."