In conjunction with the yearlong Quasquicentennial celebration at Black Hills State University, the musical comedy duo of Williams and Ree returns to their alma mater in a special performance Saturday, Sept. 20. The concert will take place in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
A longstanding favorite music and comedy duo Bruce Williams & Terry Ree, often referred to as "The Indian and the White Guy," have sustained a career over 30 years packing casinos, clubs, and arenas from Niagara Falls to Las Vegas with their ever-changing routine that --more times than not--steers away from the off-color Indian jokes that originally established the duo.
Williams and Ree met in 1968 while attending BHSU in Spearfish, where they began playing together in a band and often filled time between their songs with their unique brand of humor. After realizing that the humor became a bigger draw than the music, the comedy team was born. Polishing their performances at venues such as the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles during the 1970s and testing new material with the likes of Robin Williams and David Letterman, Williams and Ree discovered their natural ability to play off one another. They have since shared the stage with acts such as Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Tim McGraw in addition to hosting COUNTRY KITCHEN with Florence Henderson, a show that entertained audiences for over 10 years. The recent resurgence of comedy shows such as the Blue Collar Comedy, Last Comic Standing, Whose Line Is It Anyway, and "Minding The Store" proves that audiences nationwide are still entertained by comedians who have the innate ability to find humor in everyday life.
By combining pop culture trends into a fast-paced, lively show, full of zings interspersed with songs, Williams and Ree prove they have what it takes to get an audience going. This winning combo has allowed Williams and Ree to entertain thousands, performing over 300 shows every year.
"The truth of the matter is that we pick on everyone, no matter what their background," said Ree. "We do songs; we do comedy. Actually, I don't like to label it comedy. I think we entertain people."
Regardless of the classification, with over three decades of experience, countless performances, and hundreds of zings, Williams and Ree prove that they have developed a camaraderie on stage that appeals to all ages.
The public is invited to attend the Williams and Ree concert; the cost is $20 per person for General Floor Seating and $15 per person for General Bleacher Seating. Tickets may be purchased at the BHSU University Advancement Office, room 114 Woodburn Hall or online at www.BHSU.edu/Alumni. After the concert, Williams and Ree will be available for autographs and the sale of their CDs.
This event is one of many activities planned for Swarm Week at BHSU. Opening for Williams and Ree will be another BHSU alumnus and local talent, Brock Finn. For more information about this or other Swarm Week events contact Tom Wheaton, director of alumni relations, at 642-6385 or TomWheaton@BHSU.edu.