Joe Bob Briggs
|General Actor Information|
|Birth Name:||John Irving Bloom|
|Born:||January 27, 1953|
|Birthplace:||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Occupation:||Film critic, writer, actor|
|Appeared on:||Married... with Children|
|Character on MWC:||Billy Ray Wetnap|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Scared Single" (Season 8)|
Joe Bob Briggs (born January 27, 1953) is a syndicated American film critic, writer and comic performer. He makes a guest appearance on Married... with Children as Billy Ray Wetnap, the host of the Pest Boys commercial which features a character called The Verminator, who is played by Kelly, in the Season 8 episode titled "Scared Single".
Born John Irving Bloom in Dallas, Texas, the son of Thelma Louise (née Berry) and Rudolph Lewis Bloom, Joe Bob was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and attended Vanderbilt University on a sports-writing scholarship. He began his writing career at Texas Monthly and the Dallas Times Herald. While a movie reviewer at the Herald, he created the humorous persona of "Joe Bob Briggs" to review exploitation flicks and other genre films.
Briggs's acting persona is that of an unapologetic redneck Texan with an avowed love of the drive-in theatre. He specializes in humorous but appreciative reviews of b-movies and cult films, which he calls drive-in movies (as distinguished from "indoor bullstuff"). In addition to his usual parody of urbane, high-brow movie criticism, his columns characteristically include colorful tales of woman-troubles and high-spirited brushes with the law, tales which inevitably conclude with his rush to catch a movie at a local drive-in, usually with female companionship.
The reviews typically end with a brief rating of the "high points" of the movie in question, including the types of action (represented by nouns naming objects used in fight scenes suffixed with fu), the number of bodies, number of female breasts bared, the notional number of pints of blood spilled, and for appropriately untoward movies a "vomit meter". A typical such concluding paragraph would be, "No dead bodies. One hundred seventeen breasts. Multiple aardvarking. Lap dancing. Cage dancing. Convenience-store dancing. Blindfold aardvarking. Blind-MAN aardvarking. Lesbo Fu. Pool cue-fu. Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Tane McClure. Joe Bob says check it out." ("Aardvarking" is one of many euphemisms Briggs employs in reference to sexual intercourse.
Brigg's film reviews were limited to pictures shown at local drive-ins. Later, after a tongue-in-cheek 'battle' with his own convictions, he also began reviewing films released on VHS and DVD.