The many faces of Red Skelton

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CORNWALL, Ontario - The many faces of Red Skelton continue to live on through Tom Mullica.

A tribute artist will bring the many faces of comedy pioneer Red Skelton to Cornwall's Aultsville Theatre on May 4.

The former comic magician will be channeling the American radio and television legend in ‘Good Night and May God Bless' at Cornwall's Aultsville Theatre on May 4.

The two-hour tribute show recreates Skelton's popular laugh out loud monologues, familiar pantomimes, and sketches.

In addition, all the late comic's trademark characters will be making an appearance, including Freddy the Freeloader, Clem Kadiddlehopper, Junior Cavendish - the Mean Widdle Kid, and Heathcliff and Gertrude.

Friends for 18 years, Mullica developed the show the year after Skelton's death in 1997, at the age of 84.

“He has always been one of my favourites, when he passed away I jumped on the chance to do it,” said Mullica.

The two performers met for the first time at Skelton's former comedy club, the Tomfoolery, when Mullica was performing his comedic magic routine. They became pen pals and visited every time Skelton traveled to Atlanta.

“We spent a couple hours together after the show. I was so enamored I have forgotten what we talked about,” said Mullica. "He was a great guy, exactly what he appeared like on television.”

The show, which has the approval of Skelton’s widow, opened in Las Vegas, before going on the road, eventually landing permanently in Branson, Missouri for 12 years.

Mullica, who was known in the past for his bad language 'blue comedy,' said he always follows the sage advice Skelton gave to keep it clean.

“He told me if I could stop doing that, he would give me permission to use his material,” he said.

The family-friendly show will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $27.50/adults, $22.50/seniors, and $14.50/children/teen and are available by calling the theatre at 613-932-1661 or online at www.aultsvilletheatre.com.

Geographic location: Atlanta, Las Vegas, Branson, Missouri

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