Denver Press Club’s Gridiron shows zings EPA, Tom Brady and others

Denver City Council members Kevin Flynn, Robin Kniech and Mary Beth Susman perform at the Denver Press Club's annual Gridiron Show Friday night at the University of Denver's Reiman Theater. (Photo courtesy of Brendan McCaw Photography)
Denver City Council members Kevin Flynn, Robin Kniech and Mary Beth Susman perform at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show Friday night at the University of Denver’s Reiman Theater. (Photo courtesy of Brendan McCaw Photography)

The Environmental Protection Agency and Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge controversy  provided grist Friday for the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show, which spoofs politicians and political happenings in song and skit.

The show  featured Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Hicktones, singing “Sweet Second Term” to “Sweet Caroline.”

Former Denver Post reporter, Fred Brown, known for his style and his stanzas, moderated the event, which was held at the Reiman Theater on the University of Denver campus. Brown’s limerick on outgoing Speaker John Boehner got a huge laugh:

For years now it couldn’t be plainer
The Tea Party hated John Boehner
   They wanted, as speaker,
   Someone stronger, not weaker,
Or really, just someone insane-er. 

Kayakers Dan Steaves, Eric Parker and David Farkas find themselves on the Animas River north of Durango Aug. 6 that is filled with toxic mine waste that flowed into the river from the Gold King Mine north of Silverton. (Jerry McBride/DurangoHerald/Used with permission)
Kayakers Dan Steaves, Eric Parker and David Farkas find themselves on the Animas River north of Durango Aug. 6 that is filled with toxic mine waste that flowed into the river from the Gold King Mine north of Silverton. (Jerry McBride/DurangoHerald/Used with permission)

The performers handled “Got a Yellow River from the EPA” to the tune of  “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.” The revised song is based on a spill in August that sent millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater from a mine into the Animas River, turning it an orangish-yellow hue and creating and environmental and economic disaster. The EPA was working on the mine at the time.

The “Yellow Ribbon” parody was written by Erica Stull, who bills herself as the “CEO, board and staff of Stull WordWorks ”  commercial writing and communications company.  It include these verses:

We got a yellow river from the EPA/ Dumped 3 million gallons, but what the hey.

If we just wait a week or so, we’ll be OK/It isn’t a dream, look out downstream, there’s ars’nic on the way

It’s in the yellow river from the EPA.

 

Dear Gov’nor, please take a drink/‘cause we gotta know if we are on the brink

We’re there on CNN and all those tourists backing out/That’s a lot of business that we cannot do without

You know what it’s about.

Bruce Goldberg, the president of the Denver Press Club and Gridiron regular, got laughs with his song ”Tom Brady/Football Zero,” with plenty of references to deflated footballs. Ruth Darling-Goldberg sang “Bridge Heading To New Jersey” to the tune  of “Bridge over Trouble Waters” to highlight the Christie controversy.

Denver City Council members Kevin Flynn, Mary Beth Susman, Robin Kniech and Kniech aide William Thomas Fenton sang “Let’s Work Together.” “Well now, we all know who makes this great city rock/It’s the council for sure and some guy name Hancock.”

House Democrats — Jonathan Singer, Lois Court, Su Ryden, Beth McCann and Steve Lebsock — performed to “Leader of the SuperPAC.” Singer wrote the ditty, which includes, “I met him at a fundraiser/He turned around and wrote a check/You get the picture.”

Sadly, my boss, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams was unable to attend and belt out the blockbuster number, “Give me regards to Gessler.”