Art, I'm afraid I must engage you on a couple of points re: Stringbean, Uncle Dave Macon, Grandpa Jones, Flatt & Scruggs. You omitted Homer & Jethro, Brother Oswald, Snuffy Jenkins, Little Roy Lewis and a few others. Great musicians all, but more importantly, what they did was called "comic entertainment." Just about every string band (and that goes for the Sons of The Pioneers too) had a clown/comedian who was also a fine musician and singer a la Smiley Burnette, but could perform the comic bits which audiences loved. I'd go so far as to put Tommy Makem in that category, too. Not as much of a buffoon, but a fine comedian nonetheless. And Victor Borge. Steve Martin? There's not enough humor/comedy/entertainment in music these days. Kendall Morse, any opinion on this topic?