In 1973, home from college in Nebraska, my father asked me to join him and my uncle on a trip to Palm Springs. I did not have to work that day and as it was always a treat to wonder off with my dad and uncle Alvin. I was ready to go. We picked up some location stills that my father had shot for my uncle around the city of Orange for a television show. After picking up the film and heading out to the interstate my uncle decided to make a detour to see a guy named Red. Of course I thought it was Red Buttons but no it was the one and only Red Skelton. We spent a couple of hours on the back patio talking about the old Hollywood and how much things had changed in television. We spoke about America and the Nixon saga that was playing out that summer. Those couple of hours were priceless to me.
Jump forward 40 some years to the Westin Hotel in Las Vegas! Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton. I felt as if I had stepped into a time warp and been transported back in time to 1973. Brian Hoffman has recreated the comedy treasures of Red Skelton in a small intimate lounge setting at the Westin. This is a must see show of the highest quality that can only be had in Las Vegas. I had goose bumps and teared up more than once thinking back to family, friends and memories long gone but not forgotten. Any fan of comedy from the vaudeville era and "old Hollywood" must and should take the time to see this show. Standing next to Brian Hoffman I really felt like I was standing next to Red complete withe laugh, giggle and humility. Red was a humble man and a great American. Thank you Brian for a great show and rekindling some long forgotten memories from the summer of 73.
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