Lewis Grizzard show celebrates brilliance of Southern humorist
Authorized by the Grizzard estate, theatre event recalls Southern icon
Lewis Grizzard always boasted he was "Southern by the grace of God" and since his death in 1994 no Southern comic, writer or satirist has yet emerged to fill the huge void left by the legendary columnist.
Now, a new stage show called Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words is touring the U.S. It features a dynamic South Carolina actor named Bill Oberst, Jr. who is a dead-ringer for the late Atlanta Constitution columnist and author. His performance has been described by critics as "uncanny" and "marvelous" and compared favorably to Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain and James Whitmore's Will Rogers.
Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words was originally conceived by Grizzard's widow, Dedra Grizzard and his buddy Steve Enoch. The 90-minute concert consists entirely of Grizzard's own words. Act One is a recreation of a Grizzard concert performance and features his most beloved jokes and stories. The bittersweet second act is set closer to the end of Grizzard's life and includes excerpts from his columns and books including the famous, "Definition of a Redneck".
The Grizzard column for the Atlanta Constitution also appeared in 450 American newspapers from 1979 to 1994 making him the country's most widely syndicated columnist. His concerts and 18 best-selling books led him to numerous appearances on shows such as Larry King Live, The Tonight Show and Designing Women.