By Tim Hollis

There used to be a time while rural comedians drew such a lot in their humor from stories of farmers' daughters, hogs, hens, and hill state excessive jinks. Lum and Abner and mum and dad Kettle would possibly not have toured fortunately less than the "Redneck" marquee, yet they have been its precursors.

In Ain't Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy within the 20th Century, writer Tim Hollis lines the evolution of this vintage American kind of humor within the mass media, starting with the golden age of radio, while such comedians as Bob Burns, Judy Canova, and Lum and Abner saved listeners giggling. The e-book then strikes into the movies of the Nineteen Thirties, Forties, and Nineteen Fifties, whilst the confirmed radio stars loved moment careers at the silver display and have been joined by way of live-action renditions of the caricature characters Li'l Abner and Snuffy Smith, besides the much-loved mum and dad Kettle sequence of movies. Hollis explores such rural sitcoms as The genuine McCoys within the past due Fifties and from the Sixties, The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Hee Haw, and so on. alongside the way in which, readers are taken on facet journeys into the realm of lively cartoons and tv ads that succeeded via a especially rural feel of enjoyable.

While rural comedy fell out of trend and networks sacked exhibits 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 short examine the present kingdom of rural humor, which manifests itself in a extra suburban, redneck model of standup comedy.

Tim Hollis is the writer of various 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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