Red Skelton was an entertainer best known for being a national radio and television comedian between 1937 and 1971. He also had a solid career in cinema at RKO and MGM, appearing in such memorable films as DuBarry was a Lady, The Fuller Brush Man, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Ocean’s 11.
Beginning on March 13th in Branson, MO, you can enjoy Red – Tom Mullica’s Red Skelton Tribute. This year-long one-man performance will take place each Monday – Saturday at the Hamner-Barber Variety Theatre at 10a. According to their press release:
2013 marks the 17th year that the talented impressionist, comedian, and magician Tom Mullica has been paying homage to Red Skelton. Tom has been featured on many national television shows and in theater venues around the world. His Red Skelton show has been described by critics as “the funniest and most successful tribute show in America.” His amazing transformation into America’s favorite clown takes audiences on a hilarious journey back to a simpler time when families would gather around their television sets and share in the laughter of Red’s famous comedic characters such as Clem Kadiddlehopper, the Mean Widdle Kid, and Freddie the Freeloader to name a few.
Red received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1987; he was also one of the International Clown Hall of Fame’s first inductees in 1989. In September 2010, the Red Skelton Gallery and Education Center and the Indiana Historical Society entered into a partnership for a permanent archive of Skelton’s material. The Red Skelton Memorial Bridge spans the Wabash River and provides the highway link between Illinois and Indiana on US Route 50, near Skelton’s hometown of Vincennes, Indiana.
By the way, this is the only Red Skelton Tribute show in America authorized by the Red Skelton Estate and Lothian Skelton.
Good night and may God bleth…
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