Valley Star Awards winners for Comedy Show of the Year 2012, Bernie & Red are back and will be performing throughout the Valley until the beginning of February. The husband and wife comedy and music team are returning with a whole brand new show. Since their first visit to South Texas, Bernie & Red have built a faithful following for their distinctive comedy and for the entertaining musical content of their shows.
“Shows” is the operative word here. Every year, Bernie and Red write and produce a new show, so if they are returning to a location, they will always present a new show. Right now they have eight or nine different shows up and running, including this year’s new show, so check their advertising to see which show is playing where.
Like a lot of Winter Texans, Bernie & Red have been married for quite a few years. In fact, they just celebrated their 47th anniversary, having met as teenagers in the 60s in their hometown of Liverpool, England, and yes, they were regulars at the Cavern and saw the Beatles live on countless occasions.
A piece of show biz history will be on view during this year’s tour. On a thrift store visit several years ago, Bernie found a pair of trousers that were custom made and worn by the famous comedy legend Red Skelton. He’ll be wearing them on this tour. He began to look for more Red Skelton memorabilia and built quite a collection, some of which will be on display at their shows as well.
Bernie & Red are well known for poking fun at the retirement/Winter Texan/RV lifestyle. Their signature tune, as it were, is “SKI Club”, the story of a retired couple who are Spending the Kids Inheritance (S.K.I. get it?). It is definitely the most requested number at their live shows.
In 2011 they added a new number, which is already matching “SKI Club” in popularity. Entitled “Waltz Across Walmart.” This piece tells the story of a couple who practice their ballroom dancing skills while shopping at Walmart. Set to the tune of “Waltz Across Texas” this piece hit a nerve with Winter Texans and “due to popular demand” is now available on CD.
An integral part of this show is the very distinctive comedy, a result no doubt, of their British upbringing, combined with over 30 years of performing to North American audiences.
Although they have lived in Canada since the mid-70s, they return annually to the UK, a trip, which is also an opportunity to “re-charge their batteries.”
“The trips to the UK give us no end of comedy material for our show,” explains Red.
After 40 years in show biz, there are no signs of slowing down for Bernie & Red. In fact, it could be said that the over-60 age group, who make up the majority of their audience members, is a “growth market.”
“We seem to have found a recipe for a funny and entertaining show and the crowds continue to come back for more,” says Red. “And as long as they return, we’ll deliver the goods.”
In addition to their Valley Star Award, Bernie & Red were also voted Duo of the Year at the F.A.M.E awards ceremony, here in the Valley in February 2012.
You can learn much more about Bernie & Red by visiting their website www.bernieandred.com or on Facebook,; just go to Facebook.com/bernieandred.
Pre-sale tickets are available for all their performances.
This year, as they do every year, Bernie & Red are presenting a number of different shows. See listings in the Winter Texan Times WintertainersTM section for details on upcoming shows.