A Short Biography. . .
"Multi-award winner and critically acclaimed Richard Skipper has a 40 plus year career which has taken him from South Carolina to New York to Hollywood and all points in between. He is an entertainer, raconteur, arts advocate and theater historian. Under the guise of Richard Skipper Celebrates!, he has conducted over 700 interviews celebrating people in the arts. Recent interviews have included Joyce Bullifant, Linda Purl, Don Most, Melissa Manchester, Lesley Ann Warren, Loretta Swit, Tippi Hedren, Rich Little, and David France, author of "How To Survive A Plague", Patty Farmer, author of "Starring the Plaza" and "Playboy Laughs". He is currently artist in residence at The Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC presenting a monthly talk/variety show called Richard Skipper Celebrates produced by Russ Woolley.
In June of this year, Richard and Russ co-produced Carole Cook at Feinstein's/54 Below for two SRO performances.
In April of 2017, Richard was chosen to introduce 1938's Jezebel starring Bette Davis onstage at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as part of the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival with Tiffany Vazquez after sending in a screen test. (available for viewing on YouTube)
Richard was the associate producer of 2010, 2012, and 2013 Bistro Awards. He produced the late Peggy Herman's CD Release Party at Feinstein's, directed by Peter Glebo and Tommy Tune, and it was an SRO success. He writes under Richard Skipper Celebrates celebrating artists and their body of "worth" with a huge readership.
Richard can be seen in Dori Berenstein's CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE.
Richard also continues to raise money for many worthwhile causes, especially Arts in Education and The Actors Fund.
Richard currently hosts a Cabaret series in NYC called Richard Skipper Celebrates! an old-fashioned Talk/Variety Show, which encourages us to celebrate each and every day and the gems hidden therein. Recent guests have included Beth Fowler, Anita Gillette, Hilary Kole, Marilyn Maye, Melba Moore, Lee Roy Reams, Jana Robbins, and Stacy Sullivan among others. A tour-de-force Cabaret show with top names in musical entertainment meeting to talk and perform, with songs, stories and recollections of lifetimes and moments in show business, each show is designed around the particular date when it is scheduled, and features special guests who choose songs from the past and recent history of both Cabaret and Broadway that have a relationship to that date, and share their own stories and journeys in an intimate cabaret setting. Richard will be producing two more next year (February 10th and May 5th) Stay tuned for Richard's one-man autobiographical show, The Richard Skipper Project, to debut at Feinstein's 54 Below on the actual anniversary of Richard's arrival in NY 40 years ago.
Beck Lee from Media Blitz described the experience as, "Joel Grey crossed with Charlie Rose, with a soupcon of Bette Midler thrown in for good measure." Previously held at The Triad Theatre, his upcoming shows are scheduled at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café. Season Three begins on September 9th, 2018.
He is also writing a book on the history of Hello Dolly! from the opening with Carol Channing to the current Broadway revival starring Donna Murphy, Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler and subsequent tour starring Betty Buckley. Check out www.CallOnDolly.com for more information. Richard is available for lectures on the history of this show.
Check www.RichardSkipper.com for updates.
(Updated on July 11, 2017)