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Monday, February 17, 2014

Press Release for The BIG Event


For Release:  Immediately

Contact:         Mrs. Rittenhouse, “The Frau of Freedonia”

                      CGH Society Corresponding Secretary-at-Large (sometimes XL)
                      Email:  cghsociety@gmail.com  




     Rancho Mirage, CA—Four score and twenty…wait…five score years ago, our fore-brothers, (actually just the three--Leonard, Julius and Arthur Marx) brought forth onstage a new comedy act, with names conceived by monologist Art Fisher during a poker game and dedicated to the idea that we all need a good laugh and that just maybe the Marx Brothers would be even funnier using these new “O” names based on their actual personality traits.

     To commemorate that momentous occasion in 1914, when the Marx Brothers made their stage debut as ChicO, GrouchO and HarpO, Marx-mirthful fans of every breed are being invited to huddle together in Rancho Mirage on the weekend of March 22 and 23, 2014 to celebrate 100 years of the Marx Brothers’ worldwide influence on comedy and laughter.  This free (for all) event is being presented by CGH (ChicO, GrouchO, HarpO) Society, a non-profit organization of 501(3)c  repute, and the City of Rancho Mirage, which is providing its very own Library as venue for this Marx Madness, aka “the most hilarious time you’ve had in the last 100 years!”

     To review what we’ve just learned, let’s sharpen our pencils to make a point of jotting down the Five Ws: 

    Who:   CGH Society and The City of Rancho Mirage

    What:   The centennial celebration of the Marx Brothers and their worldwide contribution to comedy and laughter

    When:   Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

    Where:  Rancho Mirage Library auditorium

    Why:     Funny you should ask

     Last but possibly least, the price of admission is (altogether now) free!  It is open to the general public (as well as the major, corporal and private public), although CGH Society members (which now number 759 and represent 19 countries on our planet alone) will be given inconsequential treatment when it comes to the musical-chairs seating arrangements.  For those who manage to snag one of the 300+ available seats, here is what they can expect to see at Saturday night’s show:  a panel consisting of Marx family members and others under the influence of Marx humor; everyone’s favorite Marx Brothers movie clips; a Q & A session with the audience participating; semi-live music, not to mention (but I will anyway) amusing anecdotes by CGH Society President and event host, Bill Marx, who, at press release time, was still the son of HarpO.  The program is guaranteed to leave the audience in stitches, but there will be a doctor in the house to remove these stitches, or just suture yourself.

     But wait…there’s more!  Read on and in the next 10 seconds there will be information on a second show, absolutely free…again.  The bonus matinee show will take place on Sunday afternoon, at which time the aforementioned host Bill Marx will present never-before-remembered scenes from Marx Brothers movies, inches of footage from Marx home videos and long-lost Marx Brothers performances on myriad shows during the early days of TV.  Wholly cow…PrezO BillO is going to milk this centennial celebration for all it’s worth, which will be udderly amazing!

     And in conclusion, everyone should now stand up and shout the O-fficial CGH Society cheer “Hip Hip Yippee!”  Then take two aspirin and call me in the morning.

“That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!”

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Friday, May 10, 2013

A Very BIG Announcement

My dear, dear Fellow Freedonians,
     This is a red letter day (as you can plainly see by the font color).  The event we've all been waiting for--the Marx Brothers Centennial Celebration--has been officially approved by the City of Rancho Mirage (our CGH Society headquarters, as you know) and has been scheduled for SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014, 7:00-9:00 PM @ The Rancho Mirage Library in Rancho Mirage, California.  Of course, admission is FREE.  Hip Hip Yippee!!!
     We hope you'll highlight this momentous O-ccasion on your year-at-a-glance calendar.  If you are in the Palm Springs area at that time, you'll certainly want to attend this hilarious event.  By the way, the Library auditorium holds several hundred guests.  For those who can't come over and see the live show, it will be streamed and also appear on Youtube.
     We CGH Society O-fficers will all be on stage and will look forward to meeting you after the BIG SHOW.  Onward and upward, in the name of fair Freedonia!!
Mrs. Rittenhouse (aka "True Ritt, the Frau of Freedonia")

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hail, Hail Freedonians !!!

Welcome to the official CGH Society blog--a haven for hilarity--a place where laughing like a hyena is allowed but using sharp scissors is not.  FYI, the blog zone is for loading and unloading of one-liners only...no parking.  Think of our blog as a drive-through for drollery.  Just yell your order into the clown's mouth and hopefully there will be some fast, farcical food for thought waiting for you when you go 'round the bend.  

Here's another thing to keep in mind:  blogs are designed for interaction.  You don't have to sit and take what's dished out.  Feel free to deliver your best punchline.  Unlike Harpo, you're allowed to speak your mind, or at least a piece of it.  Give us your tired, poor, huddled masses of mockery.  Your receipt will be in the mail...or not...because, after all, going postal is so overrated.

If this happens to be a day when you're not thinking funny or otherwise, you may want to share a pertinent Marx-mirthful event with your fellow Freedonians.  Don't be intimidated by everyone's extreme desire for an impressive display of jocularity.  Your noteworthy Marx Brothers celebrations will find their way to our website calendar in a timely manner, which is to say they'll be displayed before and not after the event date. Oh, and thanks in advance for sharing.

In the meantime, I'm going to go polish my pearls before the swine get them.

Respectfully submitted by Mrs. Rittenhouse, CGH Society Corresponding Secretary