When you think of Jeff Foxworthy, you might first think of his Blue Collar Comedy Tour, his several television hosting spots or his famous “You might be a redneck if…” jokes. Needless to say, he’s a man of many talents with an extraordinary gift to make people laugh— and now, he’s taking on an entirely new feat by creating his very first game: Relative Insanity.
Inspired by Jeff’s own family, Relative Insanity strikes a balance that games don’t always get right: It’s make-you-cry funny without being too raunchy to play with your family— which, as it turns out, was Jeff’s exact intention when he created the game.
In an exclusive interview with One Country, Jeff shared that he first thought up the idea for Relative Insanity after he overheard some of his family members playing Cards Against Humanity— a game that is funny in its own right, but that you certainly don’t want to play with your grandmother or your in-laws.
“I have nothing against the game, but there are things that can’t be said in front of your aunt and uncle,” Jeff said. “So I was sitting there thinking there ought to be a way to do this where it’s funny but doesn’t have to be filthy.”
Enter: Relative Insanity.
The game’s concept is simple: One player reads a setup card with a funny situation (i.e. Grandpa walked into the living room naked and my Aunt said…) as all of the other players submit one of the 500 supplied punchline cards (i.e. Mine looks like that, but it isn’t green.) The reader chooses the funniest card to win that round, and the first player to collect five cards wins the game.
Jeff’s hope for the game? To make you and your family laugh— something that he values to his core.
“Every summer we get all our cousins, the grandparents, aunts, and uncles and have about 30 of us at our farm for a week,” Jeff told One Country. “The fuddyduds go to bed but the rest of us will be playing games until midnight or one in the morning, laughing. To me, that’s what creates memories and that’s what makes a game fun: if it makes you laugh.”
Though the punchlines and setups aren’t explicit, they can be a little risqué— depending on how your mind works. “If paired with the right setup, there are cards that might be suggestive— like, mine looks like that but it’s not green. There’s nothing dirty in that, but if you pair it with the right card it’s certainly suggestive.”
In order to achieve this, Jeff wrote all 500 punchline cards and all 100 setup cards himself, using his experience from his You Might Be a Redneck If jokes.
“I had a lot of practice with the you might be a redneck jokes — I wrote 8,000 of those. My mind is just kind of wired that way,” he said. In fact, he said he’s already working on an expander pack for Relative Insanity, sharing one of the punchlines he’d just written with us: “That’s what happens when you don’t go to Sunday school.”
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the game couldn’t be here at a more perfect time. Order your copy of Relative Insanity here and find out just how crazy your family can be!