Until the last couple of minutes of the show, Mr. Hoffman uses Red Skelton's material exclusively. At that point, he explains that he's about to speak as Brian Hoffman, and shares a bit of his personal history with the audience. Other than that, all material is from Red.
I am 48. My parents 80. I remember Red Skelton, but of course, he's much more memorable to my parents' & grandparents' generation. My parents loved this show - they laughed and laughed. They were were so impressed with Mr. Hoffman's abilities to mirror Red Skelton. They said he was just a perfect impersonator of Red. I must admit I grew a bit restless.
The material Mr. Hoffman uses from Red Skelton's extensive repetoire is made up mostly short jokes, with a few skits and pantomimes woven in. These are a refreshing change from the relentless one-liners. And, towards the end, Mr. Hoffman used a couple of Red's jokes that are simply no longer appropriate. They reference nationalities (partcularly Mexico) in a non-flattering way. Those types of jokes are for a past reality and need to be put into permanent retirement. I was quite uncomfortable - others in the audience were laughing, and I do not support any encouragement of an entertainer to disparage others.
The theater is quite unusual; it seats approximately 80 and all the chairs are deeply comfortable, padded armchairs with a small side table. In advance of the show, a server takes drink orders, which are delivered throughout the show. The server is very discreet, and I did not find her to be the least bit distracting. It's rather nice to be able to have a beverage during a live show.
As reported by other reviewers, Mr. Hoffman is available to guests before and after the show. He actively works with a partner to take tickets, directing ticket-holders to their seats, etc. At the end of the show, when he's left the Red Skelton character and lets the audience know he's now speaking as Brian Hoffman, he makes a point of educating the audience on the business arrangement he has with the Westin. He rents the theater from the Westin. To help him build his business, he references Trip Advisor and encourages guests to write a review. I wasn't sure how to handle this information; on the one hand, there's everything right with a businessman using ethical means to build his business On the other, I found his approach to be vaguely pleading, with a hint of desperation in his tone.
I certainly wish Mr. Hoffman well; he knows his material very well. He's researched Red Skelton heavily, and it shows in his deliverty. And, as I said above, my parents simply loved the performance.
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7 March 2012
I want to thank you for writing such a detailed review. I'm so glad your parents really enjoyed the show. I do my best to represent the man I impersonate and have researched him heavily.
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Glad you noticed and thank you for the well wishes.
Wishing you and your parents success in all you do and may God bless.
Brian Hoffman~Red Skelton Impersonator
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