Williams & Ree return
This Friday, Sept. 21, renowned comedy duo Williams and Ree will perform live at 8 p.m. at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center, located at 777 Casino Road.
Bruce Williams and Terry Ree, also known as "The Indian and the White Guy," have sustained a successful career for nearly 45 years, packing casinos, clubs, and arenas from Niagara Falls to Las Vegas with their ever-changing routine that -- more often than not -- steers away from the off-color Indian jokes that originally established the duo.
Williams and Ree met in 1968 at Black Hills State College in Spearfish, S.D., where they began playing together in a band where they 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 The Nashville Network's cooking and comedy series, "Country Kitchen" with Florence Henderson.
The duo has also had nominations from the Music City News Awards for "Comedians of the Year" and "Best Vocal Duo," in addition to being nominated by the Country Music Association for "Best Vocal Duo."
The recent resurgence of comedy shows such as the "Blue Collar Comedy," "Last Comic Standing," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and TBS's "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.
And with almost half a decade full of concert schedules, television and recording projects under their belts, Williams and Ree continue to create a fresh, new approach to their comedy routine and musical prowess.