A SHORT BIOGRAPHY...
Richard has received artistic and critical acclaim over the past 15 years as Carol Channing. 2009 found Richard getting back to his roots and appearing more as himself. In July 2009, he and Dana Lorgelaunched WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA at The Iguana Restaurant, a weekly variety show harkening back to the variety shows of our youth. The last few months have brought many professional highs, including receiving two more MAC AWARDS to join his previous wins (This time for OUTSTANDING HOSTS and RECURRING SERIES). Richard continues to teach his workshops on HOW TO MAKE A LIVING AS AN ENTERTAINER. He has served on several panels on the business end of show business. He has emceed several prestigious events. 2010, Richard was the associate producer of the Bistro Awards in association with Sherry Eaker.
Other highlights include performing the role of Dolly Levi as Carol Channing at Asbury Park's Paramount Theater in a special benefit performance of "Hello Dolly!" with a cast of 125 and a 25 piece orchestra; a Theatre Wing tribute to Carol Channing, Tommy Tune and James Earl Jones; benefit performances for the Dr. Carol Channing Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts with Carol and Harry in attendance and special guest star Neil Sedaka! Richard also serves on the board of the Foundation as the east coast representative. Richard has appeared on board WindStar Cruise Lines from Rome to Athens, and several return engagements in celebration of Carol Channing's birthdays at Washington DC's National Theater. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Sam Harris and The New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and an appearance with Carol Channing and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Richard Skipper has taken his tribute to Carol Channing to Atlantic City for three long-running engagements at Trump's Taj Mahal and The Hilton. He has played three engagements at Caesar's Casino Windsor in Windsor, Ontario and The Windsor Hilton. Other engagements include The Ice Palace on Fire Island (for which he won two Mikey Awards for best act on Fire Island), the Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Bradstan Inn (in the Catskills), Georgian Court College (with Dody Goodman), The Ocean's Inn and The New Crown And Anchor in Provincetown, MA; Tavern On The Green and The Russian Tea Room. He was the featured performer for Pridefest in Milwaukee along with Pat Benatar and Judy Tenuta.
Richard Skipper has also performed at the 21 Club at the request of Arlene Dahl, The Regent (special performance for Carol Channing!), Le Cirque for Joey Adams' 85th Birthday; on numerous occasions for the NY Post's gossip columnist Cindy Adams; as a guest star in "The Impersonators" with Jamie deRoy at The Friar's Club, The New York Historical Society with Claire Bloom, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Mills, Tony Roberts, and George Shearing ; the "Get Out And Vote" Rally for New Jersey's Senator Lautenberg with Dr. Quinn's Chad Allen, Activist James Dale & Rue McClanahan; and he has also shared the stage with Celeste Holm at the York Theatre in Manhattan.
Richard Skipper often donates his time for benefit performances, including fund-raisers for the Dr. Carol Channing/Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, The Actors' Fund, T.O.P.A. (Towards Older Person Awareness), The Helen Hayes Hospital (this has become an annual event), Makar Caring Community, Twelve Miles West Theatre, and The Presbyterian Camp in Holmes, New York.