Williams and Ree will present politically incorrect comedy in Citrus County

Williams & Ree will perform at the Valerie Theatre, 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida on Saturday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with special guest Lou Angelwolf.

They are called “The Indian and the White”. Terry Ree and Bruce Williams realize that their two-man comedy show’s moniker might rub some people the wrong way, but as far as they’re concerned, it’s fine.

“People are entitled to their opinion, but no one should be offended,” said Ree, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. “We started calling each other The Indian and The White Guy because no one remembered our real names. We talk about how my land was stolen and how Bruce wants to be my partner in case we get confused. paid for it.”

“We use humor to educate people,” Williams said. “It’s not racist. It’s who we are.”

Williams and Ree have been performing together since they met as students at Black Hills State College (now Black Hills State University) in South Dakota from 1968 to 1971. Williams heard Ree play guitar and sing during the freshman orientation, and then started playing with him in a dorm.

“Terry was singing a Buck Owens song and I jumped on the harmonies,” Williams recalled. “He looked up and said, ‘Wow! You make me look good!'”

Williams describes The Indian and The White Guy as a “vaudeville act that fell through the cracks and ended in the mid-1960s”.

“The Smothers Brothers were definitely one of our idols,” Ree said. “Rowan and Martin were also a big influence.”

Williams & Ree’s sarcastic jokes, interspersed with satirical songs, earned the duo a CMA Vocal Duo nomination. In addition to live performances, their credits include two seasons on the comedy variety show “Hee Haw”, “Country Kitchen”, “Laff TV”, and Comedy Central. They currently host Country Thunder music festivals and appear regularly on SiriusXM Radio.

“Our show is unique because we talk about things from a First Nations perspective, always with humor,” Williams said. “We make people laugh, and they go ‘Oooooh, they can sing too.’ When that kind of feedback comes from a loving audience, it’s very mesmerizing.”

General admission tickets are $30 for the 6 p.m. show and $20 for the 8 p.m. show. VIP tickets are $99 and include seats in the first two rows, an Oscar Penn’s meal and drink in the gourmet tent, and an autographed photo. For more information, call 352-341-7850 or visit ValerieTheatre.org. To learn more about Williams & Ree, visit WilliamsAndRee.com.

Javier E. Swan