By Will Rogers

Will Rogers and Florenz Ziegfeld are magic names in exhibit company. this present day Rogers is taken into account America’s such a lot liked stand-up comedian, whereas Ziegfeld is famous because the such a lot flamboyant impresario within the heritage of the yank musical theatre.Rogers was once one in all Ziegfeld’s maximum comedy stars, appearing in six versions of the Follies from 1916 to 1925. "Ziggy gave me my start," he as soon as acknowledged. It used to be at the Follies level that he started to funny story greatly approximately present occasions and to poke enjoyable at celebrities.Will Rogers on the Ziegfeld Follies positive factors the humorist’s writings and poignant observations on society in the course of international battle I and the Roaring Twenties. integrated during this designated assortment are of Rogers’ preferred books, The Cowboy thinker at the Peace convention and The Cowboy thinker on Prohibition. In choices from his weekly articles and The Illiterate Digest, Rogers lampoons the major figures of the day, from Henry Ford and William Jennings Bryan to Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge.In those pages the reader will become aware of how the Follies introduced nationwide reputation to Rogers and led him to new careers as a newspaper columnist, movie famous person, radio performer, and well known speaker. His extraorginarily flexible expertise is established by way of his first syndicated newspaper column, comedian exercises from his Victor phonograph recordings, a speech to the yank Bankers’ organization, and plenty of different witty items which are nonetheless very proper to our personal time.Included listed below are Rogers writings that experience by no means been released: choices from the entertainer’s gag ebook, notes, and correspondence. In a desirable trade of telegrams and letters, the ebook brings to lifestyles the infrequent friendship among Rogers and Ziegfeld. It additionally spotlights Will’s courting with different recognized Ziegfeld comedians, Eddie Cantor and W.C. Fields.As the single publication facing Will Rogers at the degree, this quantity fills an incredible hole within the existence tale of the slapstick comedian. Will Rogers on the Ziegfeld Follies recreates a thrilling period whilst audiences laughed on the homespun humor of this mythical nationwide figure-one of the preferred and influential americans of the 20th century.

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I don't like contracts," Will once told the producer. "42 Ziegfeld grew to greatly admire Rogers' humor not only because Will helped make his shows commercially successful but also because Ziegfeld enjoyed his topical jokes. "Half the great comedians I've had in my shows that I paid a lot of money to and who made my customers shriek were not only not funny to me, but I couldn't understand why they seemed funny to anybody," he said. "But this Rogers, I never miss him if I can help it. . "43 The producer also developed a very close friendship with Rogers, a special relationship that he lacked with most of his other stars.

Gene Buck, the producer's right-hand man, actually discovered Will for the Ziegfeld productions. 2 He wrote the book and lyrics for many Follies productions. The songwriter helped create the Midnight Frolic, considered the first modern cabaret revue, which opened on 5 January 1915. Possessing a talent for spotting funny comedians, Buck had earlier signed Ed Wynn and W. C. Fields for the 1. , in scrapbook entitled "Will Rogers: Humorist, Philosopher, Humanitarian, 18791935," Will Rogers State Historical Park, Pacific Palisades, California (CPpR).

Squibb and Sons. 1934Spring, performs in Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! 1935August 15, Will Rogers is killed with his friend Wiley Post in an airplane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska. Page 2 Source Note Symbols Used in the Volume Types of Documents ALSAutograph Letter SignedAMsAutograph ManuscriptTDTypewritten DocumentTGTelegramTMsTypewritten ManuscriptTLTypewritten LetterTLSTypewritten Letter Signed Repositories CPpRWill Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades, CaliforniaOkClaWWill Rogers Memorial, Claremore, Oklahoma Page 3 Prologue ''Ziggy gave me my start,'' Will Rogers once said.

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