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Gridiron 2012 to “occu-pie” the mind

Staff Report

February is here, so it won’t be long before the state’s finest parody on politics, policy and people hits the stage. Hold the dates: February 22, 24 and 25.

Rehearsals for the 2012 OKC Gridiron Show began Sunday, January 8. The script and the casting are complete. This year’s show, titled “Washington is Cookin’ Our Goose or How Many Nuts are in an Occu-Pie” will be a definite crowd pleaser with enjoyable songs, witty dialogue and a “Hee-Haw” theme.

Crowd favorites Bart Vleugels (portraying President Obama), Kim Stem (Mary Fallin), Michael Cross (Randy Terrill), Andrew Harris (in a plethora of parts) and all the rest of the rowdy crewe return for another year of roasting and singing the deserving – namely, politicians. Performers are journalists in radio, television, newspaper and online news; as well as former journalists and associates.

Since 1928, the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club has performed an annual political satire show for Oklahoma City audiences. Originally, only Oklahoma’s political insiders attended the show, but today the show is an annual attraction for politicos and the general public alike. What makes the OKC Gridiron Show so unique is its original script, which is written by Club members.

Popular songs, show tunes, old standards and even Christmas carols are selected for the show and their lyrics re-written to match the subject matter. When it all comes together, the OKC Gridiron Show represents the most unique live tage performance in Oklahoma City.

All proceeds from performances by the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club benefit scholarships for Oklahomans, through the Oklahoma City Gridiron Foundation. The scholarships are awarded following a process that includes written applications, interviews with the Club’s scholarship committee and a review of submitted works and articles.

More information about The Oklahoma City Gridiron is available online at:

Performances are set for the evenings of Wednesday, February 22, Friday, February 24 and and Saturday, February 25 at the Lyric Theatre at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16.

For seats (all good viewing lines, and priced $30 plus a service charge), visit to purchase online NOW.

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