Red Skelton
Vincennes Indiana- The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy is about the celebrate its 4th Anniversary, this 3,500 square foot museum is a tribute to the legendary comedic film and TV star, and is a interactive museum that families from around the world are loving.

The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy honors the legacy of a man who touched numerous lives through his comedic talent, great works, compassion and commitment to public service. As a museum, the RSMAC reflects history, ideas, innovation, discovery, diversity, creative expression and democracy in celebration of the exceptional man whose greatest ambition was to bring joy to countless audiences.

The Red Skelton Museum is a testament to the impact one man can have on the lives of others. Red’s life story parallels definitive moments in American history which hold lessons for us all as citizens. From his career in vaudeville, in radio, television and film, we see the character of man emerge which reminds us of the importance and value of our individual roles in society as family members, colleagues, and patriots. Red’s ability to perform his comedic routines during his bleakest personal tragedies speak to his fortitude and altruism which inspire us to reach outside of ourselves to impact the lives of others in positive ways.

The Red Skelton Museum features a 3,500-square foot, fully interactive exhibit entitled “Red Skelton: A Legacy of Laughter” which highlights these themes:

  • Red’s Comedy Kit: activities which introduce the ideas of physical comedy by showing his mastery of the art of pantomime, slapstick, pratfalls, exaggerated movement, and facial expression

  • An interactive chronology featuring three parallel timelines: Red’s life, national events, and popular entertainment

  • Scrapbooks of photos, letters and memorabilia as well as costumes of all his most beloved characters: Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kaddidlehopper, San Fernando Red, Sheriff Dead-Eye, Cauliflower McPugg, etc.

  • A “Freddie the Freeloader” stage set on which visitors can practice physical sight gags

  • A showcase theater including a short film featuring hysterical and poignant highlights from Red’s movie and television career, along with still images illustrating key moments and events in Red’s life.

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The Museum also has Red Skelton’s original art work on display and a character gallery, you will learn about Red’s life and career, laughing all the way, you will also learn about Red’s patriotism and love for AMERICA, with his famous Pledge of Allegiance that he performed on his weekly TV show that became an instant classic.
Red’s TV show ran from 1951- 1971 on CBS, Tuesday night across America was Red Skelton night. Red’s movie career with over 200 films are celebrated as well. From original costumes to special exhibits there is truly something for everyone at this very special museum.

This Sept is the 20th anniversary year of Red’s death, his home place will receive an historical marker on July 14th 2017. The historical marker will be unveiled at Red’s birthplace home, located across the street from the Museum. This marker unveiling will be attended by many dignitaries.

The 12th Annual Red Skelton Festival at the Museum took place on July 15th 2017 from at the Red Skelton Museum, the festival included; games, food , entertainment, a Red Skelton Parade which clowns come from all over the world to participate, at 7:00pm that night, the Museum had a performance live on stage of Red Skelton tribute artist Brian Hoffman who does a one man show recreating many of Red’s most famous sketches and characters, he becomes Red Skelton!

Legendary TV/ film star DICK VAN DYKE will be honored with the very first Red Skelton America’s Clown award. This award was presented at the festival just before the Brian Hoffman ‘RED SKELTON” tribute performance. The award itself is a statue of Red as Freddie the Freeloader with his arm outstretched and his hat over his heart as if to say “Good Night and may God Bless”, which was Red’s trademark goodbye at the end of every show he did on TV and in concert.

Red’s Beautiful wife Lothian, now 80 is very involved in the museum and visits several times a year, said Museum Executive Director Ann Platt. Ann is available for interview. Any media wishing to cover the museum or any of these events at the museum, please contact: ROGER NEAL @ NEAL PR 323-366-2796 or

Red Skelton and wife Lothian





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