Between the Lines Book Club: Redneck Comedy

between the lines book club logoWhen I was a kid, I used to watch the “hillbilly” comedy and variety show “Hee Haw” with my grandma. That show has come and gone, but the last few decades have seen a rise in “Redneck” based comedy, with stars like Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Evengall. The key point of this comedy is that it is “laughing with,” not “laughing at,” by people who are self-identified rednecks.  As Jeff Foxworthy says, “You can’t laugh at a redneck unless you are one, and I are one.”

Jeff Foxworthy made himself famous with his stand-up comedy routines in the 1980’s and 1990’s. His most famous routines involved his “You might be a redneck” routines.  Here’s one of his stand up routines:

 

Gretchen Wilson, a country music star, had a big hit with this funny but proud song, “Redneck Woman” in 2004:

 

Trae Crowder challenges stereotypes as “The Liberal Redneck” with heated political commentary (and a LOT of swearing):

 

Here’s an extra one, because Trae sure can lay it down:

 

 

Etta May, who may or may not be a comic persona created by a Yankee, does stand-up based on her family and her life as a housewife:

 

And this one made me, a Weight Watchers vet, laugh out loud:

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