It’s a throwback to the days of country music variety shows on television.
“The Ozark Jubilee,” named for the ABC television show of the same name, which aired from 1956-1961, features music and comedy performances in a variety show format. The traveling show comes to the Newberry Opera House for two performances Monday.
The first half of the show features skits by Doofus Doolittle, the comedic alter ego of acclaimed fiddler and violinist Randy Newman. The Doofus character has been described as a cross between Hee Haw and Larry the Cable Guy, blending old-timey and new-fangled country humor.
In the second act, Newman casts off the Doofus Doolittle persona to join the other musicians on stage as host of the variety show. Newman has performed with Ronnie Milsap, Jimmie Rogers, Johnny Rodriguez, Mel Tillis and Porter Wagoner. With the Ozark Jubilee, he and the other musicians pay homage to the legends of country music, such as Patsy Cline and Hank Williams.