June 19, 2012
Sweetwater's Redneck Resort Mud Park stumps local satirists
Several East Tennessee comedians remain confused about how to best mock a new local enterprise called the Redneck Resort Mud Park. The new 200-acre park is located in Sweetwater. It will feature mud. "They didn't make this easy," said Heather Kendelin, a stand-up comedian from Knoxville. "I'm not sure if I'm laughing at or laughing with. What have you done, Sweetwater? What have you done?" David Young, a frequent user of snappy banter, agreed. "You could say something about bobbing for teeth in moonshine or a tobacco juice spitting contest, I guess. Or maybe a moustache could play a cameo role in the joke. But I just don't know. I really just don't know." Officials say the new park explains why comedy has declined 10 percent in Tennessee in 2012. "One of the park's rules is no chainsaws," said Monroe County native Denny Pritchett. "Satire isn't ready for this place."
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