Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:20:08
We continue our visit from last week to the March 5, 2011 a panel discussion on Southern Rural Humor in TV & Film held at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. This time we hear mostly from me, Allan Newsome, as I go into the positive aspects of how rural life was portrayed on The Andy Griffith Show.
As a reminder, the participants were Birmingham author Tim Hollis, actor Danny Vinson, media studies scholar Dr. Jacob Podber, and your host of this podcast. The topic went a great deal into the portrayal of rural characters.
Much of the discussion has been about how rural people, mostly southern, were negatively portrayed on television, radio, and film. I attempted to move the discussion to the more positive feel to help the panel end on a high note. Our love of The Andy Griffith Show and the characters we found there is not limited to folks from the south. There are fans from all parts of the United States and around the globe. That, in itself, is a testament to the character and values found in Mayberry.
Those characters become like trusted friends. We look forward to visiting our friends as often as possible. That’s true in “real” life and with our friends on the small screen living in our hometown of Mayberry, NC.
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- George Lindsey UNA Film Festival – Regional independent film festival located on the campus of the University of North Alabama and various venues throughout the Shoals area.
- RetroWeb.com – Great behind the scenes photos from The Andy Griffith Show.
- Rural purge – Wikipedia article.
- Birmingham Rewound – The “This Month in History” sections of the site features BIRMINGHAM REWOUND’s Tim Hollis with an ongoing series of looks back in time through newspaper advertisements. This link will take you to March 1971 for a look back in time.
- Ain’t That a Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth Century – This book by author Tim Hollis traces the evolution of this classic American form of humor in the mass media, beginning with the golden age of radio, when such comedians as Bob Burns, Judy Canova, and Lum and Abner kept listeners laughing.
- Tim Hollis books on Amazon.com
- Tim Hollis on Facebook
- National Lum and Abner Society
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