Red Skelton: America's Funniest Man

Watch Red Skelton: America's Funniest Man

  • 2006
  • 1 Season

RED SKELTON: America's Funniest Man is a compilation of some of the best performances from the beloved comedian, Red Skelton. This DVD set gathers together some of his most iconic moments and showcases his sparkling wit, impeccable timing, and boundless energy. Born in 1913 in Indiana, Skelton began his career as an entertainer in the 1930s, performing in burlesque shows, vaudeville acts, and on radio programs. He eventually made his way to Hollywood, where he starred in a number of films, including "The Fuller Brush Man," "The Yellow Cab Man," and "The Great Diamond Robbery."

However, it was through his comedy sketches and characters that Skelton truly captured the hearts of audiences. One of his most famous creations was the bumbling, lovable hobo, Freddy the Freeloader. This character became a regular on Skelton's TV show, and many of his most memorable moments came from his interactions with Freddy.

Other popular Skelton characters included the dimwitted country bumpkin, Clem Kadiddlehopper, and the grouchy old man, Gertrude and Heathcliffe. But Skelton's talent wasn't limited to just his character work. He was a master of physical comedy, and his hilarious pantomime sketches, such as "The Clown Who Wanted to Quit," had audiences in stitches.

RED SKELTON: America's Funniest Man includes some of Skelton's most beloved characters and sketches, as well as interviews and commentary from Skelton himself. The set is divided into several volumes, with each containing a mix of performances from Skelton's long and illustrious career.

Volume 1 features a number of classic Skelton characters, including Sheriff Deadeye, San Fernando Red, and Junior, the Mean Widdle Kid. Also included are some of Skelton's most memorable pantomime sketches, such as "The Skelton Telephonograph," and "The Silent Spot."

Volume 2 focuses on some of Skelton's most famous characters, including Clem Kadiddlehopper and Freddy the Freeloader. Also included are some of Skelton's more outrageous characters, such as the ghoulish Cauliflower McPugg and the self-obsessed Broadway producer, Bloop Blipido.

Volume 3 gathers together some of Skelton's best pantomime performances, including "The Life Story of a Western Star," and "The Upside Down Christmas Tree." Also included are some of Skelton's more politically charged sketches, such as "The Pledge of Allegiance" and "The Flag Draped Coffin."

Volume 4 features Skelton's hilarious characters and sketches, including "Clem's Watermelon," "The Navy Sketch," and "The Broken Down Merry-Go-Round." Also included are some of Skelton's more poignant moments, such as his tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy, "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag."

Volume 5 rounds out the set with some of Skelton's most popular characters, including Gertrude and Heathcliffe, and "The Mean Little Kid." Also included are some of Skelton's more experimental sketches, such as "The Tycoon" and "The Unwanted Christmas Present."

Throughout the set, viewers will be treated to Skelton's unique take on the world around him, his vaudeville-style humor, and his genuine love of entertaining. Whether viewers are longtime fans of Skelton, or are discovering his work for the first time, RED SKELTON: America's Funniest Man is sure to provide hours of laughter and enjoyment.

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Lord Beaverhead
4. Lord Beaverhead
As Lord Beaverhead, Red sports a monocle, bowler and synthetic Mayfair accent as his Lordship delivers wisecracks about British traditionalism.
Look Magazine Awards
3. Look Magazine Awards
Red Skelton presents the 1954 Look Magazine Awards for motion picture achievement to Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock and other Hollywood luminaries.
Clem the Painter
2. Clem the Painter
John Carradine and Franklin Pangborn guest star in the sketch "Clem the Artist," in which a painter chooses a feckless farm boy as his newest protégé.
Cauliflower Goes to Hollywood
1. Cauliflower Goes to Hollywood
An ex-fighter with a glass jaw auditions for a part in a movie. He and his opponent, Vincent Price, "battle" over the love of a Hollywood starlet.
  • Premiere Date
    November 28, 2006