For better or for worse, there has in the past few years a renewed interest in the TV show, Hee Haw. The variety show was a mix of rural comedy and country music. The shows made no bones about using old jokes, but there is another interesting fact to consider. While shows such as Laugh-In (which inspired Hee Haw), Saturday Night Live and SCTV, introduced recurring characters created specifically for those shows, Hee Haw featured established characters.
Sarah Colley started performing as Minnie Pearl in the 30s. Louis Jones and Dave Akeman became Grandpa Jones and String Bean, respectfully, in the 40s. George Lindsey brought Goober from the Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD and Gailard Sartain brought JerryRalphRVBobBeavis from his The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting, a Tulsa horror movie show.
Actor Donald Harron created the character of Charlie Farquharson for Canadian TV in the 50s. Here is his take on "Twas the Night Before Christmas."