25 years of Gratitude, I mean Prattitude


2015 marks my 25th Anniversary making a living as an entertainer on the lone prai-ree where the coyotes howl, etc. I’ve been very lucky. People ask me what I do, I tell ’em I drive. So far, I’ve logged 783,4523 miles; 4,037 shows; 8,045 jokes that no one laughed at (and, luckily; 24,000 they did); a gazillion notes plucked; 2 bazillion hours of humbling practice; and more songs sung than you can shake a sticky note at.

Why do you do it? For the money, of course. But I also love performing.

What’s the secret to your success? I never gave up my day job. Really most of what I do is the business of the entertainment business. If I didn’t do that I couldn’t do the fun stuff.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hey Gordy, are you going to do The Twelve Days of Christmas thing, you know that thing you do with all the stuff? That’s funny! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard that. The routine was gifted to me by Ken Sonkin from San Fransisco. He created it while he was still in high school—he got the idea from an old Danny Kaye routine.

I hired him to direct the last show I did in Deadwood (1999) and he brought the routine with him from California. He asked me if I’d like to do it. Well, of course I wanted to do it! I’ll try (almost) anything once. And as an entertainer it’s the best Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten! It keeps on giving.

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Laughter Is the Best Medicine

I’ve been making people laugh my whole life. Laughing at me, laughing with me, I don’t care. (See photos) Why am I laughing in these pictures? What am I laughing at? What’s so funny?

My performance motto is: Make’m laugh, make’m cry and make’m laugh so hard they cry. I’ve always felt if you can get people to laugh and then bring a tear to their eye… then you can make’m laugh so hard they cry. That’s the kinda laughter that heals our digitally distracted, audio impacted, visually high jacked souls. A fella who called himself a “son of a son of a farmer” said about my show: Funny, relevant and even a bit sentimental. It did wonders for a stressed out soul.” That’s about as good as it gets.

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Rotary Reenactment

When Linda Peterson, former owner of Grelind Printing, asked me to perform for theDistrict Rotary Conference in October I was very flattered. She’s the current president of the District and someone I’ve known for forever (we were both embarrassed trying to figure out just how long that was). She was the face of grace for her printing company.

She had a couple special things she wanted me to do as a part of the show. One was to sing Light My Fire for a bit as she had worked out for their new theme: Light Up Rotary. Worked like a champ. Everybody knew the words. Well, at least the “Come On Baby” part. This gave me an idea for a reenactment from my time in Rotary.

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