Red Skelton Museum to Open

“I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter had always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.” Red Skelton

And so… that is exactly what Red Skelton did for decades with his numerous characters such as Clem Kaddidlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader and the seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliffe. For over twenty years, his show, “The Red Skelton Hour,” consistently stayed in the top twenty shows, both on NBC and CBS. First and foremost, Skelton considered himself a clown. After his tenure as an entertainer, his paintings of clowns brought in a fortune.

Honoring the legacy of Red Skelton is easy for the birthplace of Skelton; Vincennes, Indiana. This year, a 3,500-square foot interactive museum that includes a showcase theatre, scrapbooks of photos, costumes, and memorabilia will open on July 18th. The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy honors an icon who touched so many lives through his comedic antics, compassion, and his philanthropic nature. The museum’s grand opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of Skelton’s birth in a home close to the new museum.

To visit the museum and get additional information visit www.redskeltonmuseum.org American’s Clown prince closed every television show with this traditional sign-off, “Good night, and may God bless.”

 
 
 

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