Opera House To Present A Tribute To Red Skelton

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present actor/comedian Brian Hoffman in “Remembering Red … a Tribute to Red Skelton” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Hoffman’s performance is an homage to one of America’s greatest comedy legends and is scheduled on what would be Skelton’s 101st birthday.

Direct from Las Vegas, Remembering Red is a family friendly, clean comedy show. 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.

Hoffman’s comedy career of impersonating Skelton not only has allowed him to perform in Las Vegas, but also to travel and entertain Baby Boomers all over the United States.

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 canceled in 1970.

Tickets to Remembering Red are $17 for the general public and $15 for Opera House members, and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online at fredopera.org. The performance is presented, in part, with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.