Hoosier Hot Shot

The celebrity nickname of Herb Shriner, a humorist popular on radio in the late 1940s for his backwoods stories about rural country life in Indiana (the land of the Hoosiers). His easygoing jokes and philosophizing was likened to the legendary Will Rogers.


Shriner starred on the comedy variety series THE HERB SHRINER SHOW/CBS/ABC/1949-52 & 56 and hosted the quiz audience participation series TWO FOR THE MONEY/NBC/CBS/1952-57.

When Herb first started in show business, he played a harmonica in a vaudeville house. When his lips got tired, he’d start to tell stories to the audience. Eventually, his stories became the main focus of his act.

“Conversation is three women stand on the corner talking. Gossip is when one of them leaves.”

“Our doctor would never really operate unless it was necessary. He was just that way. If he didn’t need the money, he wouldn’t lay a hand on you.”

“All you need to be a fisherman is patience and a worm.”

Herb Shriner’s son, Wil Shriner Jr., a successful humorist in his own rite, had his own syndicated talk show THE WIL SHRINER SHOW from 1987-88.

Note: The “Hoosier Hot Shots” was the name of a country western music combo originated by Rudy Trietsch that debuted on radio in Fort Wayne, Indiana and later became regulars on the radio program THE NATIONAL BARN DANCE in 1935. Their trademark opening was “Are you ready, Hezzi?”

See also“The Herb Shriner Show” – Episode @ You Tube


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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