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Would Red Skelton be considered funny today?Posted Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 1:20 PM
Do you remember Clem Kadiddlehopper? What about Freddie the Freeloader? San Fernando Red? Gertrude and Heathcliffe?
They were some of the characters of comedian Red Skelton that I watched on the television when I was growing up.
Watching the Red Skelton Show was a much different experience for me than watching today's comedy shows -- when I watched Red Skelton, I laughed out loud through the whole hour. Watching comedy shows today, I just sit there and occasionally smile. Guess I just don't "get it."
If Red Skelton tried to make it as a comedian in today's world, would they give him his own show? Or would he have to change his jokes into something raunchy?
V.S. recently sent me the following reminder of Skelton humor ... it's his "Recipe for the Perfect Marriage" and though I'm sure it would be considered in poor taste and unflattering to women (by today's standards), it still made me laugh.
Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays; I go on Fridays.
We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California, and mine is in Texas.
I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.
I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested the kitchen.
We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. She said, "There are too many gadgets, and no place to sit down!" So I bought her an electric chair.
My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was. She told me, "In the lake."
She got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, "Am I too late for the garbage?" The driver said, "No, jump in!"
Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was 'Always.'
I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her.
The last fight was my fault though. My wife asked, "What's on the TV?" I said, "Dust!"
Red Skelton was born in Vincennes, now home to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center and Museum, and his birthplace which is being preserved and renovated. A Red Skelton weekend festival is held annually -- another nice day trip. For more information, or for a walk down memory lane without traveling to Vincennes, visit http://www.redskelton.com
Anna is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling 847-4487 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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