Jeff Foxworthy mocks LSU football coach Brian Kelly for fake southern accent attempt

Erik Hall
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy appeared as a guest with Paul Finebaum on "The Paul Finebaum Show" on Friday, and the first thing Finebaum asked Foxworthy about was new LSU football head coach Brian Kelly's attempt at a southern accent. 

At the LSU men's basketball game Wednesday night, Kelly spoke from the court to the fans at halftime. During the speech, Kelly occasionally started using a southern accent. It was most pronounced during his use of the word "family."

Kelly's hometown is Everett, Massachusetts, and he played college football at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Finebaum asked Foxworthy, "For a guy that's made a living making fun of southerners, I wanted to ask you about a guy who grew up on the other side of Mystic River in Boston. He spent most of his career in the Midwest — last 12 (years) at Notre Dame. Been a citizen of Baton Rouge ..."

Foxworthy chimed in and said, "for an hour and a half." 

Finebaum continued and said, "And last night, was it my imagination or was he trying to speak soutern-ese at that basketball game." 

Jeff Foxworthy mocks Brian Kelly fake southern accent

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy speaks to the fans before a NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

"His was — that was bad," Foxworthy said after telling a story about faking a New York accent to avoid getting scammed on trips to New York City.

Finebaum asked, "Can you imitate Brian Kelly?"

"Something about our family down here in Baton Rouge," Foxworthy said with a drawl. He then returned to his normal speech and said, "I'm like, 'Who is this dude?'" 

They both laughed. 

"He may never overcome that," Finebaum said. 

"No," Foxworthy said. "I'm just glad he didn't try to go Cajun. Because my wife is from Louisiana, and she's got Cajun relatives that I can't understand." 

Finebaum asked Foxworthy about the different dialects in the South. 

"In LA (Los Angeles), they think southern dialect," Foxworthy said. "And I'm like there's no such thing. Tennessee is different than Georgia. ... I have relatives in the low country of South Carolina, which is a little bit more of that Cajun kind of thing. Then New Orleans. There's a lot of different southern accents. 

"I remember the first audition I went on in LA, they wanted a funny, skinny, southern guy," Foxworthy continued. "And so I thought, 'I got a shot at this.' And I went in and started reading, and the lady stopped me and she said, 'No, no, no, can you do a real southern accent?' And I'm like, 'What?' And she was wanting me that, 'Hey, ya'll.' I said, 'Well, that's not a real southern accent, and anybody that's from the South spots that a mile away.'" 

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Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.