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

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 kingdom 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 lines the evolution of this vintage American type 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 ebook then strikes into the movies of the Nineteen Thirties, Nineteen Forties, and Fifties, while the verified radio stars loved moment careers at the silver display and have been joined through live-action renditions of the cartoon characters Li'l Abner and Snuffy Smith, besides the much-loved mum and dad Kettle sequence of movies. Hollis explores such rural sitcoms because the actual McCoys within the overdue Nineteen Fifties and from the Sixties, The Andy Griffith express, The Beverly Hillbillies, eco-friendly Acres, Hee Haw, etc. alongside the best way, readers are taken on part journeys into the realm of lively cartoons and tv advertisements that succeeded via a fantastically rural feel of enjoyable. whereas rural comedy fell out of trend and networks sacked indicates within the early Seventies, the emergence of such hits because the Dukes of Hazzard introduced the style whooping again to the mainstream. Hollis concludes with a short 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 various books, together with howdy, 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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It’s mah thumb. Announcer: Hi, Clem. Clem: Oh, howdy do . . kin I be of any service to you, sir? An’ if you’re smart, you’ll say no. Announcer: Say, what sort of business is this? - 55 - Radio Rules the Roost “Allen’s Alley” was the most well remembered segment of the Fred Allen Show. Its four residents were the loudmouthed Senator Claghorn; the taciturn rustic, Titus Moody; the Jewish housewife, Mrs. Nussbaum; and the quarrelsome Irishman, Ajax Cassidy. - 56 - Radio Rules the Roost Clem: Well, didn’t yuh read th’ sign on the door?

This simply meant that they took turns setting up the straight lines for each other’s gags rather than having one of them get all the laughs. Brasfield had false teeth that fit him about as poorly as his suit, and he would use their clacking to punctuate his lines: Rod: By Ned, Minnie, I wanna walk you home tonight [clack, clack]. I’ve allus wanted to walk home with an experienced girl. Minnie: But Rodney, I’m not experienced. Rod: No, and you ain’t home yit, neither [clack, clack]. Another type of comedy act that proved to be extremely popular on the “barn dance” radio shows was the type in which the music itself was humorous.

He invested his income in San Fernando Valley real estate, and at the time of his death on February 2, 1956, he was considered one of the wealthiest actors in Hollywood. Even this sort of success stuck in the craw of his former neighbors, as illustrated by the remarks some of them made in a 1983 newspaper interview. Milton Willis, the director of - 39 - Radio Rules the Roost Bob Burns (center) and fellow Arkansans Chester “Lum” Lauck (left) and Norris “Abner” Goff appear to be enjoying each other’s company in this backstage photo.

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