The comedian gets serious about his 30-year marriage for this week's "Most Memorable Years" episode

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
October 14, 2013 02:45 PM
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Bill Engvall often uses his 30-year marriage as material for his stand-up comedy, but the Dancing with the Stars contestant says his wife Gail is the secret to his success.

“She’s made me a better person than I would’ve ever have been on my own,” Engvall says in this week’s DWTS, which focuses on the theme, “Most Memorable Years.”

Engvall will commemorate 1982, the year he and Gail were married, by dancing the waltz to “She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel with his partner Emma Slater.

“It’s the perfect song for Gail,” he says. “Throughout our marriage, there have been times that I’ve just been lost. Like, ‘Where I’m going? What I’m doing?’ and she’s always there to say, ‘We’re gonna be fine.’ ”

Engvall says that while he usually receives the recognition, his wife is the one deserving of praise.

“My whole career has been about me, and rarely does she get any credit or accolades, even though she deserves all of them. So this week, this one’s for her,” he says.

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