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In 1992, CEO J.P. Williams founded Parallel as a personal management company and launched the celebrated Blue Collar Comedy tour with clients Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall. Today, Parallel is one
of the most successful talent
management, music publishing, and production companies in the entertainment business.

  • Jan 1992
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    Jan 1992
    CEO J.P. Williams forms Parallel Entertainment as a personal management company with one client - Jeff Foxworthy.
    Jun 1993
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    Jun 1993
    Jeff Foxworthy releases the comedy album, You Might Be a Redneck If… which starts the “You Might Be a Redneck” fad.  The album has been certified 3x Platinum.
    Sep 1995
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    Sep 1995
    The Jeff Foxworthy Show, based on Jeff’s stand-up comedy routine, premieres on ABC.
    Jan 2000
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    Jan 2000
    The Blue Collar Comedy Tour featuring Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Ron White kicks off its first show in Omaha, Nebraska. The hit tour runs for six years, yielding multiple album recordings, movies, and television specials.
    Jan 2002
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    Jan 2002
    Williams and film producer Alan Blomquist (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) join forces to form Parallel Entertainment Pictures, the Company’s production company.
    Jan 2003
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    Jan 2003
    Parallel Entertainment Pictures’ first project, the solely Parallel-financed and produced Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie is released by Warner Bros.
    Mar 2003
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    Mar 2003
    Blue Collar Comedy Tour debuts on Comedy Central to record ratings of 2.9 million viewers.
  • Jun 2003
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    Jun 2003
    Blue Collar Comedy Tour DVD release sells more than 4 million copies.
    Jul 2004
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    Jul 2004
    Parallel launches Blue Collar TV to high ratings on the WB featuring Foxworthy, Engvall, and Larry performing in a variety of comedy sketches.
    Oct 2004
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    Oct 2004
    Parallel launches Jack Records, a co-venture with Warner Brothers Records.
    Oct 2004
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    Oct 2004
    Jack Records releases certified multi-platinum comedian Bill Engvall’s A Decade of Laughs.
    Dec 2004
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    Dec 2004
    On Jack Records, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Lisa Lampanelli collectively sell 20 million records.
    Dec 2004
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    Dec 2004
    Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again sells over 320 million DVDs without the benefit of a theatrical release.   
    Dec 2004
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    Dec 2004
    Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again premieres on Comedy Central to an unprecedented 6.1 million viewers.
  • Mar 2005
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    Mar 2005
    Jack Records releases Larry the Cable Guy’s The Right to Bare Arms,  the first comedy album in history to score #1 on the country charts.
    Jun 2005
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    Jun 2005
    After breaking comedy sales records and debuting at #7 on the Top 200 chart, The Right To Bare Arms is nominated for a Grammy.
    Mar 2006
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    Mar 2006
    Parallel Entertainment Pictures releases Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. The film grossed over $15 million.
    Jun 2006
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    Jun 2006
    The Blue Collar guys reunite for Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road to record-breaking ratings on Comedy Central.
    Feb 2007
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    Feb 2007
    Jeff Foxworthy’s Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader debuts on FOX and becomes an overnight sensation averaging 12.7 million viewers per episode in the first season.
    May 2007
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    May 2007
    Parallel Entertainment Pictures releases Delta Farce starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and DJ Qualls.
    Jul 2007
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    Jul 2007
    JP Williams and Bill Engvall produce the hit TBS sitcom, The Bill Engvall Show.
  • Nov 2007
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    Nov 2007
    Parallel expands the Blue Collar Comedy franchise with Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation. 
    Feb 2008
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    Feb 2008
    Parallel Entertainment Pictures releases Witless Protection starring Larry the Cable Guy, Ivana Milicevic, Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna, and Jenny McCarthy.
    Sep 2008
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    Sep 2008
    Baitshop, starring Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus, premiers on USA Network.
    Feb 2011
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    Feb 2011
    Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy premieres on the History Chanel and has a popular three season run.
    Mar 2012
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    Mar 2012
    Parallel Entertainment Pictures releases Tooth Fairy 2 starring Larry the Cable Guy
    Aug 2012
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    Aug 2012
    Jeff Foxworthy’s Biblical-themed game show series, The American Bible Challenge, debuted as GSN’s highest-rated program of all time, bringing in 2.3 million viewers.
    Jan 2013
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    Jan 2013
    Expanding the blue collar brand, Parallel Entertainment Pictures begins developing successful reality shows such as MTV’s Buckwild
  • Jul 2013
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    Jul 2013
    Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall lend their voices to CMT’s animated comedy series Bounty Hunters.