All About Gridiron
Journalists aren’t always serious and delivering nothing but depressing news: they can be incredibly funny as well. Gridiron proves just that. This year, Gridiron celebrates its 50th Anniversary; making it the longest-running Gridiron show in the country! The show, 50 Years of Factual Fake News takes place at the Orpheum Theater and runs April 5-7.
Gridiron is a fundraiser for journalism scholarships and is sponsored by the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. More than $240,000 have been awarded as a result of this fabulous show. Tickets for the event are available for purchase at Select-A-Seat.com and start at $26.
About the Show
Imagine a localized version of Saturday Night Live, that’s essentially Gridiron. Local media professionals “spoof” local news from the last year.
Past skits have poked fun at Brownback, the beaver who ran away, and the popular case of the missing Joyland clown.
Since this is the 50th Anniversary show, you can expect to see the best of the best skits over the last 50 years, some of which were chosen through a contest asking patrons to vote on their favorites.
Bill Hirschman, former Wichita Eagle reporter, will return for his rendition of Old Knight Ridder—an old favorite. Other media professionals making an appearance will include Bonnie Bing, Bucky Walters, Ted Woodward, Suzanne Tobias, and more. Gridiron is written and produced by them, and it’s sure to be an amazing show this year.
Based on the title of the show, Factual Fake News, I can only hope that maybe, a dancing Cheeto will appear. While the Joyland Clown was definitely nightmare fuel, I loved everything he did when I watched the show in the past. I’m secretly, or not so secretly, hoping for another clown appearance.
The Society of Professional Journalists is also hosting a “Randy Brown Curtain Call,” a party directly following the Friday, April 6 show at the Orpheum.
The party itself is going to be held on stage and is a fundraiser with the intention to raise money for an additional scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of Gridiron Master of Ceremonies and long-time journalist, Randy Brown.
The Curtain Call party will feature live music from Pop and the Boys, a party with the cast and Karla Burns, the voice coach for Gridiron this year. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and of course, an abundance of fun will also occur.