Remembering Red … A Tribute to Red Skelton

Friday, July 14, 2023 | 7:30PM

Actor/comedian Brian Hoffman brings his acclaimed one-man show, Remembering Red … a Tribute to Red Skelton, to the Opera House in celebration of one of America’s greatest comedy legends.  The performance occurs just a few days shy of what would be Skelton’s 110th birthday.


Direct from Las Vegas, Remembering Red is a family friendly, clean comedy show.  Re-live great memories from the 1950s, 60s and early 70s, as Hoffman acts out the narrated pantomimes and short skits for which Skelton was famous.  The show features many of the characters Skelton made household names, including Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader, Junior the Mean Widdle Kid, and more.  Ideal for all ages, even the kids will enjoy the silly humor of the two seagulls, Gertrude and Heathcliffe.


Hoffman’s comedy career of impersonating Skelton not only has allowed him to perform in Las Vegas, the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” but also at the Red Skelton Tribute theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN, as well as to travel and entertain Baby Boomers all over the United States.  His ability to look, walk and sound like Skelton takes audiences back in time, often making them forget that they are not seeing the “real” Red Skelton.


The son of a circus clown, Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton was an American entertainer best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971 and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show.


Skelton learned his comedic and pantomime skills beginning at age 10 when he became part of a traveling medicine show.  He then spent time on a showboat, worked the burlesque circuit and entered Vaudeville in 1934.  An appearance on The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour in 1937 launched his radio career, which lasted until 1957.  Most eager to work in television, even as the medium was in its infancy, Skelton premiered The Red Skelton Show on Sept. 30, 1951. It would run for 19 years until it was cancelled in 1970.


Part of the DFT Communications Spotlight Series


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A $4 per-order service fee is added to all online ticket orders.   Tickets ordered within a week of performance will be held at the will call desk for pick up at the show.

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Adults, Opera House Members, Students