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GRITS, Georgia, and Grizzard

by Ed Williams

Dedra Grizzard, Ed Williams and Deborah Ford

 
 

I’ve got a secret.... 

Yep, I’ve got a secret. A big ole secret. A big, nice ole secret. A secret by which all other secrets can be measured and evaluated by. The mother, in fact, no, the Godzilla of all secrets... 

What? Y’all want to know what my secret is? What I‘m talking about here? GASP!!!! Y’all do? Oh my God! I can almost feel it being drug out of me, I’m struggling so hard to fight y’all back, but here it is.... 

I have two new friends, maybe two y’all might have heard of. One happens to be Miss Grits, Deborah Ford. Y’all have heard of Miss Grits, the lady that wrote the book, “Grits (Girls Raised In The South) Guide To Life.” She’s also the lady that has all the neat Grits merchandise out, and she does lots of public speaking to boot. All in all, she’s a true Southern belle and then some, a bright, stunningly attractive woman all rolled up into one. Miss Grits and I have hit it off like peas and carrots, so she is one of my two newest buddies.  

My second bestest new friend is a lady by the name of Dedra Grizzard. Dedra is charming, talented, and quite attractive as well. More importantly, she is very smart, and guards the legacy of Georgia’s greatest humor writer with pride, dignity, and savvy. Dedra has a great sense of humor, is fun to be around, and could melt the ice off a hockey rink with one smoldering glance, she looks so good. She and I are getting along quite well to boot, and I am proud to say that she is one of my two newest buddies. 

Now, take two savvy, beautiful ladies like Miss Grits and Dedra, throw in the old Juliette country boy here, and what do you have? I’ll tell y’all what you have, you have a brand new stage show, one that the three of us have been working on and have titled, “GRITS, Georgia, and Grizzard.” 

That’s right, “GRITS, Georgia, and Grizzard.” We’re currently doing a couple of test runs in front of audiences to be sure we are getting it down like we want it, and so far things are working out just great. Now, having said all that, some of y’all may want to know just what our show is all about, what it consists of, and I’m about to tell you. It goes something like this - Dedra comes out and tries to let everyone know what to expect, and then Miss Grits comes out, and she acts like Miss Grits, and then I come out, and I act like me, and then Dedra comes out again and tries to apologize for what everyone else has just seen. It’s a fun show, and when you show out like we do in front of people strong friendships begin to develop, which is always a good thing. And so it is between the three of us, we are fastly becoming really good friends, which personally means some great benefits for me. Just think about it, guys, if an issue comes up..... 

I get to hash it out with Ms. Grits and Dedra, maybe over drinks or out by a pool... 

If we are offered a show over in Hawaii.... 

I get to discuss it with Ms. Grits and Dedra, maybe out on a cruise ship or out on the Vegas strip somewhere. 

If I catch a cold and develop a fever while out on the road... 

I get sympathy and affection from Ms. Grits and Dedra.... 

And if either Ms. Grits or Dedra buys a stunning new dress or swimsuit while out on the road, and happens to want an opinion about it.... 

I get to stare for awhile at them and get into absolutely no trouble for doing so... 

It can’t get much better than that, now can it? So now y’all know what my new secret is, and why I’m so excited about it. I think our new show is going to do well, and we’ll have a lot of fun doing it, which is the best thing of all. So folks, if any of y’all out there think you might be interested in hearing more about “GRITS, Georgia, and Grizzard,” just shoot me an email at the addy listed below. I’ll be sure it gets forwarded to our agent, and they’ll take it from there. And for now, I’ve gotta rest up - running around all over the place with two famous, smart, and pretty women is proving to be an awful burden, so I need all the rest I can get...


Ed’s latest book, “Rough As A Cob,“ can be ordered by calling River City Publishing toll-free at: 877-408-7078. He’s also a popular after dinner speaker, and his column “Free Wheelin’” runs in a number of Southeastern publications. You can contact him via email at: ed3@ed-williams.com, or through his web site address at: www.ed-williams.com.

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