Originally published with Paste Magazine on September 29, 2015.
Throw “southern” and “comedy” together in a sentence and most likely Blue Collar Comedy Tour will come to mind. Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy came to represent the region’s comedic possibilities when all four shot to fame in the early aughts with their warmed over Hee Haw riffs. Their popularity derived from a brand of comedy that tended to rely heavily on stereotypes, southern tropes and a layman’s appeal to earn laughs. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” [Full article available at Paste]