OKC Gridiron show pokes fun at national, state leaders

The OKC Gridiron Show has been performed every year since 1928, except for a few years during World War II. Proceeds from the show provide money for a series of scholarships awarded each year to journalism students who attend Oklahoma colleges or universities.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: February 24, 2013
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Vice President Joe Biden swings by the classroom to give the students a lesson on the nation's economy, teaching them about a “three-letter word” — jobs. He soon earns a dunce cap.

“If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong,” Biden tells the class.

The second half of the show takes a look at the past year of politics in Oklahoma.

State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi meets an education mob, upset over her A-F grading policy. Barresi and the group soon face off in a parody of the song “Hard Knock Life.”

“All you teachers got to know, it's the hard-knock life I hoe, cuttin' budgets, out of schools, until you play by my rules, it's the hard-knock life!” Barresi sings.

Gov. Fallin swings by the classroom to teach students about her policies in transparency, noting that not all of her emails are for the public's eye.

“Hey, Secret Mary,” her entourage sings, bouncing to the beat of the viral Internet sensation known as “Gangnam Style.”

Fallin soon delivers her State of the State address, noting the success of Oklahoma since she took office.

The Gridiron cast takes note, wrapping up the play with a rendition of “Oh Happy Day.”


by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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