Red Skelton impersonator mixes memories with mirth

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Harley Coleman (left) and Heritage Lodge resident Wally Struk were having a few laughs with Alan Greenwood, a Red Skeleton impersonator May 21. – Lucie Roy Photos

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By Lucie Roy

Morinville – Alan Greenwood brought his Reflections of Red performance to Heritage Lodge May 21, a one-hour show that included classic Red Skelton characters Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kadiddlehopper, and the cross-eyed seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliff.

Lodge residents enjoyed Greenwood’s many pantomimes, skits from Skelton’s television show, short stories, jokes and poems. “You are only young once, but you can be immature forever,” Greenwood told his audience.

Greenwood has been a professional clown for more than 30 years and is the only Canadian that performs as Red Skelton. Residents found Greenwood’s voice and facial expressions to be a close representation of the American comedian whose show ran from 1951 to 1971.

The performer said this is the first time he has tried a cross-country tour. He is currently booked to do 70 shows in less than a month, spanning from Alberta to Ottawa. His Edmonton and area performances include all six Sturgeon Foundation lodges.

Red Skelton impersonator Alan Grennwood performs a skit about putting on a girdle.

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