WILL ROGERS

Experience the wit and wisdom of an American legend as

Randall Reeder brings to life the warmth and humor of Will Rogers,

the most beloved American of the 1920's and 1930's

“There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you.”

Will Rogers

 

“I sure liked your speech and your writings.  Great stuff.”

Jim Rogers (Will’s son)

 

 

When Randall Reeder speaks...

he is Will Rogers. 

Randall Reeder brings to life the warmth and humor of Will Rogers as he speaks to audiences across America, including students, business professionals, rural audiences, and folks from all walks of life….just like Will Rogers always did.  

 

He is more than a “Will Rogers impersonator” or a “Will Rogers impressionist” or “Will Rogers speaker”. You’ll feel like you are in the presence of Will Rogers himself. If you know Will, this Will Rogers look-alike will make you do a double-take as soon as you lay eyes on him.

 

Randall draws on Will Rogers' published writings and other sources, plus remembrances by Will's family and acquaintances to customize his presentation based on the interests of the audience. Then he adds observations about life, politics and the world today, presented with the Will Rogers style and grace. The result is an enlightening, inspirational and thoroughly entertaining presentation your group is sure to enjoy.

 

As you visit with 'Will' before and after a presentation you will feel the warmth and understanding that made Will Rogers the most beloved American of the 1920's and 1930's.

 

One audience member wrote, "The country needed a Will Rogers back then when things were tough. And we still need one today."

 

Audiences LOVE the wit and humor of Will Rogers!

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“What a great "Uncle Will" you did for the Western Arts Convention. Your quotes were well chosen and your manners were so exactly like I remember Uncle Will. Thanks for keeping him alive still today.  Hope you carry on like this for many years.

Doris "Coke" Lane Meyer, Granddaughter of Will's sister

 

Programs Available on Multiple Topics!

 

What folks are saying about ‘WILL ROGERS TODAY’:

 

"Your Will Rogers impersonation is unreal! You look and sound just like him." 
   
Rick Metzger, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) 
    Monclova, Ohio

"I love your (Weekly Comments). It is like a little slice of Will."
     
Dr. Heather Harder
      Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana

 

 

"You have a real talent for writing and thinking like Will. You are helping keep alive a little common sense which is almost a lost cause in this country."
     
Bob Murphey (deceased)
      Nacogdoches, Texas

 

 

"We really enjoyed your program. I speak for myself, being a native Oklahoman by birth and now a resident of Ohio, and for my Dad, Everett Butler (age 93), who is a life-long Woodward County Oklahoman who is visiting us, and for my wife Agnes, a North Carolina native of Cherokee lineage. Thanks for excellently and expertly keeping the memory and spirit of Will Rogers alive."
     
Roy L. Butler
      Columbus, Ohio

 

"Great 'report to the nation'. You really tie down what people are thinking --- real vision. Will would think out of the box like that."
     
Jim Rhode, CSP
      2001-2002 National Speakers Association President

 

"God put Randall Reeder together to remind us of the most admired man in the U.S. in the 20th Century." 
     
Dale Minnick, CSP,  (deceased)
      Woodward, Oklahoma

 

"We had very good comments on your presentation at our 31st Annual Delaware Agricultural Industry Dinner.... there were a few of the young folk that did not know who Will Rogers was, but now they do."
     
Lyn Davenport, Chairman
      Dover, Delaware

 

"I loved the way you seemed to pull the political quotes from the back of your mind. You've got a real gift in your portrayal of Will Rogers, and I'm glad I got to experience it first-hand."
      
David Glickman, Professional Speaker
       Brandon, Florida

 

"The obvious appreciation of your audience (at the 2000 Cornell University Summer Lecture Series) and comments I have heard since make it evident that the community greatly enjoyed your lecture."
     
Charles W. Jermy, Jr.
      Associate Dean

 

"...great presentation. The rope tricks were awesome, especially the ones using our members. Your customization was incredible."
    
Barb Wingfield, Professional Speaker
     Rushsylvania, Ohio

 

"You had an outstanding presentation. Our older members, who had listened to Will as a young person, were especially vocal in their praise. It brought back fond memories for them." 
    
Kelso Wessel
     London, Ohio

 

"Your own wit, plus the humor and inspiration of Will Rogers, kept the audience engrossed and listening to the message." 
    Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., Professional Speaker
    Rossetti Enterprises Inc., 
    Columbus, Ohio 

 

"Your ‘Will Rogers’ was a big hit as master of ceremonies for a luncheon during our National No-Till Conference. Your knowledge of agriculture, and your willingness to help out in several ways, makes you a valuable resource. We want you back next year."
    Frank Lessiter, Lessiter Publications, Inc., 
    Brookfield, Wisconsin

 

"Your impression of Will Rogers is excellent. You have his mannerisms down.... I really liked your presentation."
   
Fred Beeman, Writer
    Las Vegas, Nevada

 

"Thank you for your portrayal of Will Rogers at our banquet. Our group was amazed at how you presented material from his life specifically tailored for us and the occasion." 
   
Bruce Yochheim, WMFD-TV, 
    Mansfield, Ohio

 

 

Authentic Will Rogers Quotes on Politics

DT and WA refer to newspaper columns: DT = Daily Telegram; WA = Weekly Article

 

"There is only one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over at sundown, and let everybody pray that it's not a tie, for we couldn't go through with this thing again.  And, when the votes are counted, let everybody, including the candidates, get into a good humor as quick as they got into a bad one.  Both gangs have been bad sports, so see if at least one can't redeem themselves by offering no alibis, but cooperate with the winner, for no matter which one it is the poor fellow is going to need it. So cheer up. Let's all be friends again. One of the evils of democracy is you have to put up with the man you elect whether you want him or not. That's why we call it democracy." DT #1953, Nov. 7, 1932

 

"If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics" WA # 31, July 15, 1923

 

"Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with nowadays." DT #1538, June 28, 1931

 

"Politics pretty quiet over the week-end. Democrats are attacking and the Republicans are defending. All the Democrats have to do is promise "what they would do if they got in." But the Republicans have to promise "what they would do" and then explain why they haven't already "done it."  I do honestly believe the Republicans have reformed and want to do better. But whether they have done it in time to win the election is another thing. The old voter is getting so he wants to be saved before October every election year." DT #1917, Sept. 26, 1932

 

"This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation." DT #1948, Nov. 1, 1932

 

"I would love to see Mr. (Henry) Ford in there, really. I don't know who started the idea that a President must be a Politician instead of a Business man. A Politician can't run any other kind of business. So there is no reason why he can run the U.S. That's the biggest single business in the World." WA #5, January 14, 1923

 

"I make a living off (politicians), so I can't knock 'em. Every time we elect some fellow we think he's terrible and then when we get another one in he's worse. So, I am always in favor of keeping the one we've got and let the other go." NBC Radio, May 16, 1932 (Pomona, CA)

 

"When you straddle a thing it takes a long time to explain it." Convention Articles, June 29, 1924

 

"Coolidge made less speeches and got more votes than any man that ever run. (William Jennings) Bryan was listened to and cheered by more people than any single human in politics, and he lost. So there is a doubt just whether talking does you good or harm." DT #673, Sept. 21, 1928

 

More Will Rogers Quotes on Politics

"Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees."

 

"Congress meets tomorrow morning. Let us all pray: Oh Lord, give us strength to bear that which is about to be inflicted upon us. Be merciful with them, oh Lord, for they know not what they're doing. Amen."

 

"We all joke about Congress but we can't improve on them. Have you noticed that no matter who we elect, he is just as bad as the one he replaces?"

 

"I read where they are going to limit debate in the Senate. It used to be that a man could talk all day, but now, as soon as he tells all he knows, he has to sit down. Most of these birds will just be getting up and nodding now. Why, some of them won't be able to answer roll call."

 

"We cuss Congress, and we joke about 'em, but they are all good fellows at heart, and if they wasn't in Congress, why, they would be doing something else against us that might be even worse."

 

"Now these fellows in Washington wouldn't be so serious and particular if they only had to vote on what they thought was good for the majority of the people in the U.S. That would be a cinch. But what makes it hard for them is every time a bill comes up they have things to decide that have nothing to do with the merit of the bill. The principal thing is of course: What will this do for me personally back home?"

 

"The "Ways & Means Committee" is a committee that's supposed to find the Ways to divide up the Means."

"Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous."

 

"The Senate just sits and waits till they find out what the president wants, so they know how to vote against him."

 

"In Washington, one man could do what ten of them do. There could be only a quarter or a third as many congressmen or senators, and we would pick better ones then. But it's the system that we have always used, and there is no use getting all overcome with perspiration over it. Things kinder run themselves, anyhow."

 

"Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement."

 

"Funny thing about being a U.S. senator, the only thing the law says you have to be is 30 years old. Not another single requirement. They just figure that a man that old got nobody to blame but himself if he gets caught in there."

 

"Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for -- to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell 'em."

 

"A president just can't make much showing against congress. They lay awake nights, thinking up things to be against the president on."

 

"You know Lincoln's famous remark about "God must have loved the common people, because he made so many of them?" Well, you are not going to get people's votes nowadays by calling 'em common. Lincoln might have said it, but I bet it was not until after he was elected."

 

 

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