What do you call a Sioux Indian from Pierre, South Dakota and a
fair-skinned Scandinavian from Mountain Home, Idaho? The Indian and the White
Guy, of course!
Williams & Ree share a unique ability to make
people laugh, even if it comes from laughing at themselves a trait which drew them
together in 1968. Bruce Williams and Terry Ree met at Black Hills State College in
Spearfish, South Dakota where they were both majoring in draft dodging. The two ended up
playing together in a band, working the bars and college parties. The band, with a
repertoire of 10 or 12 songs, needed help filling in the time, so Bruce and Terry jumped
in with the ethnic jocularity. Soon their comedy became a bigger draw than the band and The
Indian and the White Guy comedy team was born.
The two have been a couple since those college days and have been
compared to the likes of "cotton and polyester," "bourbon and water,"
"peas and carrots," "Sears and Roebuck" and "Williams and
For more than 26 years, the two have entertained audiences from coast to
coast sharing stages with such superstars as Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge
Boys, Charlie Daniels and Randy
Travis. Their show is a lively, fast-paced mixture of comedy bits, social/political commentary and
racial zings entwined with original songs.
Jack Hurst of the Chicago Tribune describes their show as "a sort
of ethnic-oriented 'Hee-Haw' with strong dashes of 'Saturday Night Live.' Playing on
their differences is a large part of the Williams & Ree humor."
Williams & Ree had a regular guest-starring role on
the popular cooking show, "Country Kitchen" with Florence Henderson in 1986.
Throughout 1990 and 1991, they worked as regulars on "Hee-Haw," giving them
national television exposure to millions of viewers every week. Widely known to country
music fans across the nation, they have been featured on "Comedy Central" and
"Laff TV with Williams & Ree." They co-hosted TNN's
"The Charlie Daniels' Talent
Roundup" and added their humor to this weekly talent contest.
The majority of people who follow the career of Williams &
Ree realize that even though they aren't serious about much, they are serious
about music. They have had nominations from the Music City News Awards
not only for Comedians of the Year, but also for Best Vocal Duo.
In 1995 they were nominated by the Country Music Association for Best
Williams & Ree continue to create a fresh, new
approach to their comedy routine while continuing to hone their musical prowess. And what
do they call this frantic lifestyle? They just call it FUN!!