Early TV Memories –
The Red Skelton Show
Issued: August 11, 2009
North Hollywood, CA
“I remember my dad laughing louder and more often at Red Skelton’s jokes and skits than at any other show on TV, even though my mother thought the whole show was really quite unsophisticated. The contrast in my parents’ reactions added to the humor of the show for my sister and me. Red Skelton’s ability to act out the uniqueness of his fictitious characters was truly remarkable and hilarious.” – Dave D.
Whether portraying an optimistic hobo or a country bumpkin, Red made audiences laugh for 20 years. The hats were the key – by putting on a different hat, he turned into characters that were funny, yet unaware of their own silliness. Nicknamed “America’s Clown Prince,” Red was a master of pantomime who was also famous for his comic clumsiness. For all his laughs, Red always ended his shows on a sincere note and bid the audience farewell by saying “Good night, and may God bless.”