I never thought Snuffy Smith was very funny. But in real life, Fred was one of the funniest persons I ever knew. Billy DeBeck hired him in 1933 to help with Barney Google. Fred was mainly responsible for developing the character of Snuffy and the other hillbillies. When Billy died in 1945, Fred took over. From Barney Google it became Barney Google and Snuffy Smith then Snuffy Smith and Barney Google, and then just Snuffy Smith with maybe Barney in small print. The Syndicate did this so they could maintain copyright to the Barney character. Every year or so Barney and Sparkplug would show up at Snuffy’s shack. This was also to maintain the copyright.