Congratulations to Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens, who was recently recognized by environmental nonprofit Conservation America for his groundbreaking efforts in the field of humor recycling. Dickens, who first joined the Opry in 1948, has been poking fun at his own short stature and advancing age longer than many of the Opry’s recent additions have been alive.
“It’s an honor to be here. In fact, it’s an honor to be anywhere,” said Dickens after shuffling onstage at the Conservation America awards ceremony Friday night. “Why, just the other night, my wife said ‘Jimmy, why don’t we go upstairs and make love.’ I said, ‘Woman, I can’t do both!'” Ever the rascal, the 90-year-old singer managed to pop off one last zinger as he was being escorted offstage at the end of his speech: “I took a Viagra pill tonight, and it got stuck in my throat… and now I have a stiff neck. Goodnight and God bless!”
Similarly recognized by the nonprofit was Dolly Parton, who was unable attend the ceremony due to a prior concert engagement. “I hope this thing comes with a cash prize,” she quipped via satellite feed from a dressing room in Virginia. “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!”
“That’s a good one,” chuckled Dickens backstage. “I hadn’t heard that one before.”