By Boyce McClain for Collector’s Corner . . .
One of the biggest prime time TV series to premiere in the late 1960s was Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Consisting of short comedy skits and irreverent and sometimes politically spiced jabs the series was a huge hit.Someone got the brilliant idea to emulate Laugh-Ins format but to tone down the innuendos and throw in a little (or a lot) of hometown and country humor.
The results were the show Hee Haw which became an instant hit and between prime time and syndication it lasted almost 25 years.
The show featured Buck Owens and Roy Clark hosting the show accompanied by a zany troupe of country comedians and a bevy of hillbilly beauties known as the Hee Haw Honeys.
Two of the former Honeys: Victoria Hallman and Diana Goodman, have collaborated on a fascinating new book called: Hollywood Lights, Nashville Nights: Two Hee Haw Honeys Dish Life, Love, Elvis, Buck & Good Times In The Kornfield, published by BearManor Media.
Both authors had successful careers in show business before joining Hee Haw.
From rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names in show business, including Elvis, to frequenting Hollywood and Vine to the Kornfield’s of Tennessee the book covers the all.
This book was a real eye-opener for me. I never know about the shenanigans, deals, and activities that occurred outside the Kornfield.
From Tinsel Town to married bliss to individual careers the book covers them in a reader-friendly and page-turner style that makes reading the book a real pleasure.