By Tim Hollis
There used to be a time whilst rural comedians drew so much in their humor from stories of farmers' daughters, hogs, hens, and hill kingdom excessive jinks. Lum and Abner and mum and dad Kettle will possibly not have toured fortunately lower than the "Redneck" marquee, yet they have been its precursors.
In Ain't Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy within the 20th Century, writer Tim Hollis strains the evolution of this vintage American kind of humor within the mass media, starting with the golden age of radio, whilst such comedians as Bob Burns, Judy Canova, and Lum and Abner saved listeners guffawing. The publication then strikes into the movies of the Nineteen Thirties, Nineteen Forties, and Nineteen Fifties, while the proven radio stars loved moment careers at the silver monitor and have been joined via live-action renditions of the cartoon characters Li'l Abner and Snuffy Smith, in addition to the much-loved mom and dad Kettle sequence of flicks. Hollis explores such rural sitcoms as The actual McCoys within the past due Fifties and from the Nineteen Sixties, The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Hee Haw, and so forth. alongside the best way, readers are taken on aspect journeys into the area of lively cartoons and tv advertisements that succeeded via a especially rural feel of enjoyable.
While rural comedy fell out of style and networks sacked indicates within the early Seventies, the emergence of such hits as The Dukes of Hazzard introduced the style whooping again to the mainstream. Hollis concludes with a quick examine the present country of rural humor, which manifests itself in a extra suburban, redneck model of standup comedy.
Tim Hollis is the writer of diverse books, together with Hi There, girls and boys! America's neighborhood kid's television Programs and (with Greg Ehrbar) Mouse Tracks: the tale of Walt Disney Records.
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Ain't That a Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth Century by Tim Hollis