Friday, August 15, 2008

Bernie Mac compared to Red Skelton?

Many obits on Bernie Mac has listed that he was like Red Skelton. I don't understand. Can anyone clue me in? I would be surprise to find that people that like Mac's comedy even know who Red Skelton was.

Friday, July 04, 2008

I meet Red Skelton grand-nephew.

I went to Mansfield, OH. Red Skelton's brothers Denny and Paul moved there around 1928. There are stories that Red Skelton also lived there for awhile. I went to do research and found Denny's grave and his grandson. I will work on details and post results soon.

Happy 4th with Red Skelton

Other parts on one YouTube.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Clowning around in Vincennes

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We had a great Red Skelton Festival. Lots of clowns. Links to photos
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Friday, May 16, 2008

Dunking Donuts

I hope to have a dunking donuts eating contest for the Red Skelton Festival June 14th. There is still some details to deal with. Red was famous for this skit. This is from the film "Having Wonderful Time".

Red Skelton's Clown Alley ad

From my 16mm copy of the TV ad. See the new Red Skelton Clown Alley at the Red Skelton Festival June 14th.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Street named after Red Skelton.

(Vincennes Sun-Commercial May 15, 2008) Staff photo by Gayle R. Robbins: Rusty McGregor with the city street department puts up the last of the new Red Skelton Boulevard signs on what used to be Portland Avenue. The city council last month approved a request from Vincennes University to rename the street, which runs in front of the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Red Skelton Blvd.. The center will be the site of this year’s Red Skelton Gala on June 14. Grammy-winning performer Crystal Gayle will headline the event. For ticket information call the center’s box office at 812-888-4039, or go on-line at

Monday, April 28, 2008

Red Skelton's first feature film on DVD

Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Peggy Conklin, Lucille Ball, Lee Bowman, Eve Arden, Red Skelton.Description: A delightful romantic comedy about a gorgeous but edgy New York office girl, Teddy (Ginger Rogers), who decides to vacation at what resembles a Boy Scout camp for adults. There she meets Chick (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), camp waiter, and they immediately dislike each other. After trading a few insults, the ice eventually melts and Chick even gets to the point where Teddy expects a proposal. But Chick makes a fatal error: the proposal sounds like a proposition. Teddy goes postal and Chick has to start all over again. This film is entertaining and well acted, and it’s fun to see so many old talents.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Red Skelton in Color DVD review

New release of Red Skelton episodes on DVD. This is a collection of his last season on television. He was cancelled from CBS in 1970. Then he went back to NBC 1970-1971. His show went back to a 1/2 hour. I am sad to say that it did not do well. There seems to be a bit of rush to comedy. His pace was off. The opening mimes quick. He had quest star segments on the first half of the show and a silent spot at the end. There are now dance numbers. His regular singers are four members of The Burgundy Street Singers. The lead singers are twins in go-go boots. Mostly they sing a brief intoduction to the Silent Spot and the guest star skit. There are times when they had a production number. The set is in 3 discs.

*Disc 1:
Ep 1 - Jerry Lewis in Silent Spot. Lewis pays a tribute to Red. A new character of Ludwig von Humperdoo is introduced. He is a crazy inventor.
Ep 2 - Raymond Burr and Barbara Anderson spoofs the movie "The Desperate Hours" with Freddie.
Ep 3 - Robert Wagner plays son of superhero Colossal Man. (I found a source that this had a special introduction by Jack Benny but the DVD did not include it.)
Ep 4 - Mike Connors is under witness protection by Clem.
Ep 5 - Walter Brennon and Deadeye dress up as women to avoid killers.
Ep 6 - Gene Barry is bothered by census taker Clem.
Ep 7 - Van Johnson ask Freddie to interview secretaries.
Ep 8 - Dan Blocker is a school friend of Appleby.

*Disc 2
Ep 1 - Godfrey Camgridge is a football player with San Fernado Red as his agent.
Ep 2 - Mickey Rooney is looking for spies at Humperdoo's lab.
Ep 3 - San Fernando tries to gets rich Michael Landon's money.
Ep 4 - Deadeye suspects Telly Savalas as a stagecoach hijacker. Special Christmas Silent Spot.
Ep 5 - Junior disturbs Audrey Meadows' Sunday morning.

Ep 6 - Jill St. John tries to get Humperdoo's secrets.
Ep 7 - Chad Everett and Cass Elliot are victims of San Fernando's marriage mill.
Ep 8 - James Drury auctions Clem's farm.

*Disc 3
Ep 1 - Eva Gabor is a rich person that whats to learn about hobos with Freddie and Muggys (Wally Cox).
Ep 2 - Vincent Price is a cook has found the perfect recipes on an island. He his about to be rescued but Clem messes things up.
Ep 3 - Martha Raye is Clara wondering why Appleby is holding a garage sale.
Ep 4 - George Gobel is trying to steal Humperdoo's secret.
Ep 5 - Phyllis Diller is gunning for Deadeye.
Ep 6 - Tony Randall is San Fernando's TV director for a campaign speech.
Ep 7 - Sabastian Cabot spoofs Ironside with Clem.

This is an almost complete collection of the 1970-71 NBC season. What is missing is the Christmas Show and the Jack Benny introduction.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Calling all clowns

Another call for clowns to come to one of America's clown's hometown. Red Skelton was born in Vincennes, Indiana. June 14th the city will have the 3rd Red Skelton Festival with a clown parade. Please call 812-882-4360 to be part of the parade. FREE lodging for clowns at Vincennes University 812-888-4850. For other lodging contact or call 800-886-6443.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Crystal Gale coming to Red Skelton Gala

Grammy-winning Crystal Gayle coming to Red Skelton center

1/20/2008 1:20:00 AM

CRYSTAL GAYLEGrammy-winning Crystal Gayle coming to Red Skelton centerGrammy-winning performer Crystal Gayle will be the headline event for this year's Red Skelton Gala.The third annual event will begin at 7 p.m. on June 14 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Portland Ave.The event, which will benefit the Red Skelton Museum, will feature a "sweets" reception of 1,800 desserts, ranging from chocolate truffle entremets to fresh fruit tarts with a sneak-preview of the yet-unfinished museum following the show."We're going to do very exquisite desserts," said Nancy Hensel, a member of the Red Skelton Festival committee. "We think this is going to be a really nice evening, a really nice event."Hensel said tickets will go on sale March 12 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center."We want people to be aware that she's (Gayle) coming so that they can save the date," Hensel said.Gayle rose to stardom in the late 1970s and in the 1980s as a country singer whose songs crossed over onto the pop charts.Her number one hits included "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," "It's Like We Never Said Goodbye," "Talking in Your Sleep," "I'll Get Over You" and "Half the Way."CMA's "Female Vocalist Of The Year" for two consecutive years, Gayle became a Grammy Award Winner for "Best Female Vocal Performance," for "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," Gayle earned three Academy Of Country Music Awards for "Top Female Vocalist" and is the recipient of three "American Music Awards," voted by the nation as America's "Favorite Female Artist."Famous for her nearly floor-length hair, Gayle was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1983.In 2007, she was chosen to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Crystal will be awarded her star in Hollywood in early 2008.Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb on Jan. 9, 1951, in Paintsville, Ky. She was the youngest daughter of Melvin "Ted" and Clara Marie (Ramey) Webb, who raised eight children on a meager coal miner's salary. By the time Gayle was born, her sister Loretta Lynn, 19 years older, had married and moved away. She is also a distant cousin, through her mother, of singer Patty Loveless.The family moved to Wabash, Ind., when Gayle was 4, and she started singing along with country and pop songs on the radio at a young age.In 1999 "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" was recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers as one being one of the 10 most performed songs of the 20th century. - Vincennes Sun-Commercial

My thoughts...
Not happy. The programmers of this event know that I want to promote Red Skelton in Vincennes. They did not share this information with me before the announcement. They did not involve me with the selection of the performer. I do not believe the Gayle is a good representative of the mission of the center (if there is a mission). I do not see the connection to Red Skelton or to American Comedy. Gayle is a fine performer and see may attract people but not the target audience that would come to a honor Red or comedy. This is upsetting.

Your thoughts.