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Oklahoma City Gridiron Club show raises money for journalism scholarships

Show begins Wednesday at Lyric's Plaza Theatre in Oklahoma City.
by Bryan Painter Published: February 19, 2012

Since 1928, except for a few years during World War II, the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club has taken time annually to look at and laugh at the previous year's headlines.

That tradition adds another double-title chapter with “Washington Is Cooking Our Goose,” or “How Many Nuts Are In An Occu-Pie,” as the 2012 show is scheduled for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Lyric's Plaza Theatre, 1727 NW 16.

This year's parody takes on the theme of the TV series Hee-Haw, and is hosted by Gridiron members portraying Roy Clark and Buck Owens. They are joined by other popular characters from the show, including Junior Samples and Minnie Pearl.

The show opens with Dolly Parton singing “Mule Skinner Blues.” Later, cast members, portraying various presidential candidates who dropped out of the GOP race, sing “Where Oh Where Am I Tonight?” and Congress joins President Barack Obama in singing “Gloom, Despair and Our Economy.”

This year, 99 percenters and a well-worn campaign trail are all federal scene subjects. On the state/local level, shaking during earthquakes, baking in the summer heat, and the water rights issue all go from headlines to the Gridiron stage.

Reince Preibus, Rick Perry and a clogging Nancy Pelosi are panned in the production's federal portion. In state/local scenes, Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and University of Oklahoma President David Boren put Bedlam to music.

The Gridiron Club raises money for Oklahoma journalism students. The show's cast consists of members and former members of the media and their family and friends. Last year, the club distributed $8,000 in scholarships among four students.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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