Comedian and tribute artist Brian Hoffman, born in La Moure North Dakota, remembers watching the Red Skelton Show when he was a little boy or a ‘Mean Widdle Kid.’
Legendary comedian Red Skelton, who died in 1997 at 84, earned and was awarded stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his radio and television work. Skelton’s show business career began in his teens as a circus clown and went on to vaudeville, Broadway, films, radio, TV, night clubs and casinos, all while pursuing another career as a painter.
“I just want to be known as a clown, because to me that’s the height of my profession. It means you can do everything – sing, dance and above all, make people laugh.” – Red Skelton
Comedy legend, Red Skelton, left the airwaves in 1971 when Hoffman was 10.
About four decades later knotmove.com had the pleasure of running into Mr. Hoffman, both in Las Vegas, Nevada and later in Orlando, Florida.
Hoffman has agreed to chat about his life as a comedian.
Mr. Hoffman, when did your ‘funny side’ become professional?
“After years of people telling me that I was funny, someone finally got me on stage at an amateur night in Hilarities Comedy Club, Cuyahoga Falls OH. I had fun and so did the audience. From there I went to emceeing the club one week a month for five months.
Eventually I started featuring there and headlining shows elsewhere around the states in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.”
When did you actually realize that Red Skelton was/is who you would pay tribute to?
“One night after a show at Hilarities one of their regular couples came up to me and said the words that would eventually change me into what I do now.
They said, ‘Do you know who you remind us of?…Red Skelton. You look and seem to act like him, you are very funny.’
I was speechless, and then I denied all of it to which they reassured me they thought it was true.
[After that] I then started to end my shows with an impression of Red doing a Gertrude and Heathcliff joke. People loved it.”
Hoffman then began gathering as many DVDs/tapes of Skelton’s shows and comedy routines to study and emmulate. Of course the rest, as they say, is history!
Do you have any ‘final’ words to say about your choice of paying tribute to this wonderful man of comedy?
“I’m very thankful that I was chosen to do this. I believe Red’s humor should live on forever in all of us. I wish you all continued success and may God bless.”
Thank you Brian Hoffman. Fans, you can discover more on Brian and his shows at A Tribute to Red Skelton, and you can also follow him at Myspace and his website, Remembering Red…
At upcoming shows, online or in person! enjoy this wonderfully talented and funny comic as well as the genuinely unique, modest and gracious gentleman, Brian Hoffman. Like Skelton, he wants to make people laugh!
Note: Hoffman is found entertaining at the Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel Casino and Spa, located at 160 E Flamingo Road, every Monday and Tuesday at 2:00 pm.