An American original, trick-roper and humorist Will Roger’s entered show business working in Wild West shows. In vaudeville, he would appear with his pony and a rider, performing amazing roping tricks. Later he introduced topical jokes and commentary into the act, engaging audiences with his relaxed, homespun style. In his autobiography, Rogers stated he loved roping better than anything else in the world.
In 1923, Rogers signed with Hal Roach. A satirist without malice, Rogers aimed his barbs at politics, people, movies …. whatever needed deflating. The Roach series did not suit Will Roger’s style. “All I ever do is run around barns and lose my pants” was his personal opinion of the films. Though he spent only a year at the Studio, Rogers and Roach remained lifelong friends.