Ain't That a Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth by Tim Hollis PDF

By Tim Hollis

There was once a time whilst rural comedians drew so much in their humor from stories of farmers' daughters, hogs, hens, and hill state excessive jinks. Lum and Abner and mom and dad Kettle will 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, whilst such comedians as Bob Burns, Judy Canova, and Lum and Abner saved listeners guffawing. The ebook then strikes into the films of the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties, while the demonstrated radio stars loved moment careers at the silver display and have been joined by means of live-action renditions of the caricature characters Li'l Abner and Snuffy Smith, in addition to the much-loved mum and dad Kettle sequence of flicks. Hollis explores such rural sitcoms as The actual McCoys within the past due Nineteen 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 part journeys into the realm of lively cartoons and tv ads that succeeded via a fantastically rural feel of enjoyable.

While rural comedy fell out of trend and networks sacked exhibits within the early Nineteen 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 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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