Comedy duo ring in New Year

Mike Carroll/Plainsman Nadine Matthews stands behind Terry Ree and Bruce Williams as they sign autographs following their New Year’s Eve show at the Nordby Exhibit Hall. Matthews’ late husband, Moose, worked at the Plains when the comedy team first began performing there more than 50 years ago.

HURON — The duo of Terry Ree and Bruce Williams, who are better known as the The Indian and The White Guy, spent New Year’s Eve amongst long-time friends and made a few new.

The nationally-known comedy duo got their start in Huron and returned to one of their favorite spots — the South Dakota State Fairgrounds — for a show on Friday night at the Nordby Exhibit Hall.

“It is always fun to come back to Huron. Tonight was special in this big building being New Year’s Eve and seeing a lot of old folks that we’ve partied with for years here and known for the last 50 years,” said Ree, who is a Huron native. “It’s fun, I get to drive around and see my old hometown. It’s always a pleasure.”

Willams, who joined forces with Ree after meeting at Black Hills State College in Spearfish during the 1960s, also has a strong appreciation for Huron and what it did to propel their careers.

“We cut our comedy teeth here in Huron at the Plains, so it’s an iconic place in our career. Sort of a buttress beginning,” he said. “The people in Huron have supported us for over 50 years and to see the people coming here, they are older, and that spawned a new younger generation too.”

Throughout the show Williams and Ree incorporated several of the area attractions into their act, which included some of their favorite hang outs back in the day.

Both men hold fond memories of the South Dakota State Fair, a venue they have performed at on numerous occasions throughout their career, which includes gigs with Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys and Tim McGraw to name a few.

“I remember working at the State Fair and selling pop in the grandstand, 10-cent hotdogs, free milk and ice cream,” Ree said. “It is very special, spending my youth here. The first 13 years of my life I was at the fair every year. I just love Huron.”

Williams echoed much the same sentiment of the South Dakota State Fair.

“The State Fair in South Dakota is one of the plum gigs for anybody, anybody in the business,” he said. “This is a happening place and the State Fair always has great entertainment, so it’s often an honor to just be considered. We work the free stage a lot and that’s just as good to work the free stage because you really get the grass roots tour.”

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