Leslie Harless flys out on stage in a ''dirty pelican''skit during the 2010 Gridiron. (American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, June 22, 2012 6:27 PM
From staff reports
It’s been called “the ‘Saturday Night Live’ of Lake Charles” — the longest-running annual stage show in town, a comedy revue that raises money for McNeese State and Sowela.
It’s the annual Gridiron show, which pokes fun at local newsmakers — and the local media who cover them — through skits, songs and videos.
Gridiron is staged by the Ad & Press Club of Southwest Louisiana.
All proceeds from the show benefit McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College. The club has a scholarship foundation at McNeese and a support fund at Sowela.
This year marks the 40th annual Gridiron show.
Gridiron offers a good-natured ribbing of local celebrities, news events and the media. People come for the food and the cash bar, then stay for the laughter.
The show will be held July 21, a Saturday, at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Sudduth Coliseum.
Tickets cost $60 each or $400 for a table of eight.
The evening includes reserved seating and serving stations of heavy hors d’ouevres offered by local restaurants. A cash bar will be available.
The director is Barbara Downer, a past Ad & Press Club president and Gridiron director. The technical director is Marty Myers of Fox 29. Gray Little and Tracy Beaugh of Sowela are the production designers.
The Ad & Press Club is the area’s oldest organization for communication professionals. Brett Downer is president.
Sponsors so far include Entergy, Cameron LNG, First Federal Bank, L’Auberge Casino, Citgo Petroleum, Westlake Chemical, All Star Buick GMC, Central Crude and Alfred Palma.
For tickets, or to be a sponsor of the show, leave a message at the Gridiron hotline at 583-4766, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Gridiron 40 page on Facebook.
Posted By: Dean On: 7/19/2012
The best public roast 40th year for the Ad & Press club. You will laugh your A__ __ Off and have a good time not a bad price per person or for a table with your friends or family it for a great cause come have a fun night out with us laughing makes you feel better and you will laugh.