Irreverent Poke at Local, State National Politicians

An irreverent poke at politicians, from Tulsa City Hall, county officials and the national scene will happen during the Tulsa Press Club’s 2009 Gridiron Show.
The 76th presentation is set April 30 and May 1 and 2 at the Liddy Doenges Theater of Performing Arts.
This year’s theme, ‘‘Stimulate This! Or, You Can’t Fight Find City Hall!’’ takes a look at all aspects of news events and does some sharp-edged satirical songs skewering politicians, celebrities and all sorts of wacky developments on the local and national scenes, including The Economy!, everyone’s favorite topic.
“With the many follies that occurred in last year’s seemingly endless election season, the Mother of All Wall Street Bailouts, the Battle Over the Stimulus, citizens’ difficulties in finding Tulsa’s new City Hall, OU’s ‘stunning’ BCS Bowl performance, the public return of Britney Spears, and endless other satiric possibilities, the show’s writers had quite a challenge in keeping its length to just two 45-minute acts,” said D.J. Morrow, chair of the sponsoring Tulsa Press Club Educational and Charitable Trust. “Somehow they managed to come up with another hilarious yet compact show that’s unfair and unbalanced and sure to stir up Republicans and Democrats and Britney Spears’ fans alike. We pride ourselves on being equal opportunity offenders!”
Show times are at 8 p.m. each day. Tickets are available by calling 596-7111 or go to They also can be purchased at the PAC. Admission is $20 for bleacher seating; $15 for seniors. Tables for four are $250.
Rebecca Ungerman, well-known local jazz chanteuse, will direct the 2009 show and serve as vocal coach, as she did in the very popular 2008 Gridiron. Musical directors are Terry Cooper and Frank Brown.
Sam Jones, former Channel 2 news anchor, returns as the show’s “interlocutor”, or narrator. The writing team is headed by chief author Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World.
Sponsors are Urban Tulsa Weekly, and Walsh Branding.
“Most people don’t know this but the Tulsa Press Club Gridiron was the ‘Capitol Steps’ before there was a ‘Capitol Steps’,” said Morrow, referring to the popular troupe of professional political satirists hailing from Washington, D.C. “If you like the ‘Capitol Steps’, if you enjoy ‘The ‘Daily Show with John Stewart’, if you watch ‘Saturday Night Live’, then the Tulsa Press Club Gridiron show is for you. This is our 76th year of trying to provide Tulsans with fresh, pointed satire on local and national news, and we’re going to keep doing it until we get it right!”
Proceeds from the Gridiron are used to support the Tulsa Press Club Educational and Charitable Trust’s mission, which is to encourage the study of Journalism. Earlier this year, the Gridiron presented a check for $2,500 to the University of Tulsa’s Phil Dessauer Endowment.

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