When looking back on the serious storytelling that country is known for, we often gloss over its funny bone. Yet, it’s a genre that’s officially been around for darn near 100 years. You can be sure that it’s had its fair share of fun! Here’s 10 artists that we consider to be some of the funniest country musicians.
For modern country fans, Brad’s possibly the easiest choice to make for a list like this. Whether he’s pranking his opening acts or teaming up with fellow A-listers for unique takes on country classics, Paisley’s always bringing the laughs. He’s not afraid to cut comedic songs in the studio either. “selfie#theinternetisforever” from off of his latest record is a pretty solid example of that, though “Online” is by far the most notorious.
Other than that, the dude’s Twitter is full of jokes showing the complete span of his sense of humor. This comes right down to his current avatar and account description.
If it ain’t Brad that they’re talking about when it comes to funny guys, it’s certainly Blake. The Oklahoman artist has gone onto have incredible international fame following his first joining NBC’s The Voice in 2011. His bromance with Adam Levine has inarguably gone on to become the stuff of legend.
All said, Shelton’s definitely become a huge name in modern country music. In the end, it probably helps that he not only commands the stage with his music, but his antics too.
You can’t have a list like this without recognizing good ol’ Gordie Tapp. Though he passed away last year after a long life well-lived at 94, he’ll always be known as the world’s funniest storyteller.
Kind-of like Blake Shelton, Tapp had much to do with the television scene during his heyday. He was revered for his contributions to the variety show Hee Haw that aired all the way from 1969 to 1992. Throughout the show’s tenure, Tapp dished out comedy sketches and one-liners between musical performances. He really did it all.
Toby Keith isn’t any slouch when it comes to pushing all of the right buttons to pull some laughter out of his audience either. His humor primarily manifests itself in his songs. He has a vast catalog of tracks that might just tickle your funny bone yet!
Keith is ever the self-deprecating funny man when it comes to his work, too. He’d called “Red Solo Cup” the “stupidest song I’d ever heard in my life” before going on to say that it’s “so stupid it’s good.” Most recently, he’s gotten “Wacky Tobaccy” out. We’ll leave the lyrical interpretation up to you.
Homer and Jethro
These guys were so good that they even won a Grammy for Best Comedy Performance way back in 1959. Active from the mid-30s on through the late 1970s, Homer Haynes and Jethro Burns were such an ubiquitous parody act that they became known as the “Thinking Man’s Hillbillies” throughout America.
The two parodied a broad range of country hits throughout their wide-spanning careers. Perhaps the most famous is “The Battle of Kookamonga”, that before-mentioned Grammy-winning song. Later on, Homer and Jethro were recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame. They aren’t just some of the funniest country musicians, but some of the most accomplished to boot.
Following in the footsteps of acts like Homer and Jethro was Tim Wilson. Though the artist unfortunately passed away at just 52-years-old in 2014, his legacy is one that remains long-lasting.
Over just 20 years between 1994 and 2014, Wilson released over a good dozen albums right down his specialty lane of comedic country music. He even had a few Billboard-charting hits, perhaps most notably “The Ballad of John Rocker”. Wilson even opens up with some of stand-up chops at the start of the track.
Rodney Carrington follows a similar path as Wilson in that he is best known as both a stand-up comedian and country artist.
Wherein the differences begin, though, is in this Texan’s innate ability to mix his two talents into singular albums. Across the six he’s released so far since 1998, each except for his latest contains some sort of cross between witty spoken banter and actual songs. So, not only is he one of the funniest country musicians but perhaps one of the most ingenius too!
They’ve gotten him far enough, too, with 2000’s Morning Wood even going gold. It’s an accomplishment not to shake a stick at considering the niche market he appeals to.
When thinking about the funniest country musicians you know, Vince Gill might not be the first that comes to mind. After all, he’s best known for dealing with some pretty serious themes in his music. Such is the case in “Go Rest High on That Mountain”.
Jump forward a good fifteen years after the release of that song, though, and you’ve got “It’s Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long”. If that and its accompanying music video weren’t enough, he’s also known to be a funny guy on stage. His honest banter during live shows has lead to plenty of laughs for his fans over the years.
Stevens is best known for being the voice behind the anti-racism anthem “Everything is Beautiful”, and with good reason. All said, the artist has also written plenty of other songs over the course of a career that’s nearly spanned six decades.
In fact, Stevens is primarily known as a comedy artist, and that comes with good reason. Over the past 59 years, he’s released a great catalog full of comedic hits. From the jungle-themed costumed capers of “Gitarzan” to the multi-platinum “The Streak”, his is a portfolio worth checking into if you’re up for some solid chuckles.
Between an extended tour and doing a whole lot of good for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts right now, is still keeping busy all of these years later. With a catalog full of such beautiful songs as “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?”, it’s easy to forget that Alan has got his fair share of silly songs too.
Back in the 1990s, he consistently joined forces with Jeff Foxworthy. Perhaps wildly enough, Alan’s all-American vocals and Foxworthy’s all-American, dry Southern humor proved to be a hit when meshed together. This proved true on both performances like “Redneck Games” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name”.
Although those Foxworthy collaborations are the most well-known of Jackson’s comedic contributions to country, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recall “The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues” while we were at it. On top of being the king, he really is one of the funniest country musicians in the business!