Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr. (October 20, 1946 – March 20, 1994) was an American writer and humorist, known for his Southern demeanor and commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sports writer and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he is much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever heard. He epitomized the old saying, “There’s a lot of truth in humor.”
He published a total of twenty-five books, including collections of his columns (e.g. Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night), expanded versions of his stand-up comedy routines (I Haven’t Understood Anything Since 1962), and the autobiographical, If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground. Although much of his humor focused on the South and his own life experiences, he also provided a commentary on issues prevalent throughout America, such as relationships between men and women (e.g. If Love Were Oil, I’d Be About a Quart Low), politics, and health—especially heart health.
Lewis Grizzard was also the stepbrother of the Southern humorist, Ludlow Porch.