Will Rogers: An American Original, written and performed by 3-time Jeff nominee Kevin McKillip. This one-man show explores the life and times of America's most popular humorist. At the time of his death in 1935, Will Rogers hosted the number one radio show in America, had a daily column that ran in over 400 papers, and was the number one male box office star for three years running. In the course of a career that included both Cactus Jack's Wild West Show and the Ziegfeld Follies, Will Rogers invented the American stand-up comic. Using his trick roping skills to punctuate his delivery, Will Rogers' folksy humor set the groundwork for everyone from Bob Hope to Johnny Carson to David Letterman. His observations on government, the economy, and society are as timely now as when he first made them. On his political affiliations: "I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat." Of the Stock Market Crash: "If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" Famous for the statement, "I never met a man I didn't like," Will Rogers is the quintessential image of the common man.
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