By Tim Hollis

There has been a time while rural comedians drew such a lot in their humor from stories of farmers' daughters, hogs, hens, and hill nation excessive jinks. Lum and Abner and mum and dad Kettle would possibly not have toured fortunately below 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 type 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 giggling. The booklet then strikes into the movies of the Thirties, Nineteen Forties, and Nineteen Fifties, while the validated radio stars loved moment careers at the silver monitor and have been joined by means of live-action renditions of the sketch characters Li'l Abner and Snuffy Smith, besides the much-loved mum and dad Kettle sequence of flicks. Hollis explores such rural sitcoms because the actual McCoys within the past due Fifties and from the Sixties, The Andy Griffith convey, The Beverly Hillbillies, eco-friendly Acres, Hee Haw, etc. alongside the best way, readers are taken on aspect journeys into the realm of lively cartoons and tv ads that succeeded via a particularly rural feel of enjoyable. whereas rural comedy fell out of fashion and networks sacked exhibits within the early Nineteen Seventies, the emergence of such hits because the Dukes of Hazzard introduced the style whooping again to the mainstream. Hollis concludes with a quick examine the present nation 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 hey, girls and boys! America's neighborhood kid's television courses and (with Greg Ehrbar) Mouse Tracks: the tale of Walt Disney documents.

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Almost three decades later, Henning had a lot to do with bringing rural comedy into the even wider world of television—but discussing that now would be sorta like puttin’ the mule in back o’ the wagon, so we’ll catch up with Henning a few chapters down the road. And speaking of catching up with people, what about that even earlier general store show, Smackout, and its stars? Jim and Marian Jordan had continued holding down the counter as Luke Gray and his plethora of rural associates until one day the wife of an executive who handled the Johnson’s Wax advertising account happened to catch one of their episodes.

Most of the rural humorists of the nineteenth century supplemented their writing income with stage appearances and readings, but one of the first to develop strictly as an audio character was Uncle Josh. Interestingly, Uncle Josh never made an appearance on broadcast radio—mainly because the actor who played him, Cal Stewart, died at just about the time the possibilities of commercial broadcasting were first being realized. Uncle Josh was strictly a product of records intended for home use, and as such falls somewhat outside the scope of this book.

In Allen’s case, he had already had a couple of successful series (Town Hall Tonight and The Texaco Star Theater) before the emergence of his own Fred Allen Show, with its recurring “Allen’s Alley” routine. On each week’s show, Allen would visit the varied denizens of this mythical street, posing questions relating to a newsworthy topic of the day. Several different character actors and their roles came and went during the first couple of years of the “Allen’s Alley” skits, but by October 1945, they had congealed into Kenny Delmar as the blowhard Senator Claghorn (“Ah’m from the SOUTH!

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