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Lewis Grizzard Trubute Show
Veteran stage and screen actor Bill Oberst, Jr. commemorates Southern writer and humorist Lewis Grizzard in this one-man tribute show. Like Mark Twain before him, Grizzard used the scenes of his youth to weave tales that told the truth, even if they weren’t always fact.
Actor Bill Oberst's portrayal of Lewis Grizzard is authorized by the late humorist's family and is the closest thing to seeing the late great spokesman of the South onstage again since Grizzard's heartbreaking death at age 47. Lewis Grizzard: in His Own Words has toured to 14 states in over 700 sold-out performances across the South. The Birmingham News called the show "Funny and eerily real," and the Jacksonville, Florida Times Union's review led with the headline "Grizzard Show Works, Even for Young Yankee." The show is presented in two acts and runs 90 minutes. For anyone who grew up in or loves the South, it is a sweet and funny evening of theater, with lots of laughs and a few tears... just the way Lewis would have liked it.
Grizzard’s widow Dedra still remembers the moment she first saw Bill Oberst, Jr. as her late husband. “When he looked down over those glasses and the audience laughed, it really was like seeing a ghost.” she says. Yet Mrs. Grizzard was skeptical. A tribute show with an actor playing Grizzard had not been her idea, but hers was the final word. “After the show so many people came up and thanked me. So I decided that maybe we could do this in a way that honored Lewis’s memory, which was the most important thing to me. I told Bill ‘Let’s just try it and see what happens.” Twelve hundred performances later, the show is still going strong.
Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words, with Oberst in the role he originated, will play Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre for one performance only, on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Show time is 7:00 pm. Grizzard played the Tivoli several times before his death in 1994, and he recorded two of his three hit comedy albums there: On The Road With Lewis Grizzard, Addicted To Love and Don't Believe Ida Told That.
This two-act performance features Grizzard’s best-loved stories and jokes, along with some poignant and funny readings from his books and newspaper columns. Grizzard was the most widely syndicated columnist in America for 15 years until his death at age 47 in 1994, appearing in 450 daily newspapers. He famously refused to use a computer and wrote on a manual typewriter, saying, “I like to by-God hear some noise when I type.”
Grizzard wrote early each morning at his Atlanta breakfast table, agonizing over each word and going through countless drafts and cigarettes before calling his secretary at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to dictate the finished result. He once turned in an entire manuscript to Random House with no ‘e’s in it because his ancient Royal typewriter’s ‘e’ key had snapped off. Gizzard told the publisher, “Wherever you see a blank space, just put an ‘e’ in there.”
Lewis Grizzard’s 18 best-selling books include five Number One bestsellers on the New York Times’ bestseller list: Elvis Is Dead And I Don’t Feel So Good Myself, My Daddy Was A Pistol And I’m A Son-Of-A-Gun, Shoot Low Boys - They’re Riding Shetland Ponies, When My Love Returns From The Ladies Room Will I Be Too Old To Care? and Don’t Bend Over In The Garden Granny - You Know Them Taters Got Eyes.
Bill Oberst Jr. lives in Los Angeles these days doing film and TV work. On stage the actor wears Lewis’ own Gucci loafers and his favorite golf shirt. “Over 1,200 shows and I can count on my fingers the number of those that weren’t sold out,” says Oberst, “It has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Lewis. The whole experience has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. I just hope when I get to heaven he’s not mad at me for wearing his shoes!”
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