The original blues lovin’ guy – Mississippi Gary

Mississippi Gary – “An octogenarian blues player played by McKinney in blackface. He first appeared in a sketch in which he talked about his failed relationship with “Kathy with a K” (McCulloch) from the Secretary sketches and soon grew into a recurring character. His name and style of speech suggest that he may be a parody of the blues guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell. Gary would always begin a long, blues-related story with the words “Now, I seem to remember a time…” in a deep Mississippi accent before launching into a harmonica solo or blues song. His songs include “The ‘There is a Very Effective Heckler in My Audience’ Blues” (in a sketch where Dave Foley, in the audience, points out that Gary actually has very little to complain about as he makes over $10,000 a night) and “Smokin’ On the Night Train.””

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