Red Skelton god bless/may god bless 1997
EDITORIAL Red Skelton Hoosier legend left us laughing Indiana has been home to many great comedians from Phil Silvers and Herb Shriner to David tetterman. But the greatest was an elder statesman of comedy, Red Skelton. Born in Vincennes, he grew up entertaining for pennies on the streets of the Knox County seat. His career spanned the era of burlesque, burlesque, vaudeville and black-faced singers, but his ability to entertain entertain using so many forms of comedy in his time was virtually unmatched. Skelton was not only the master of stand-up comedy and variety variety show skits, but the lost comedic art of mime. For years, his CBS television show featured "The Silent Spot," a segment featuring featuring Skelton tripping on make believe banana peels, pushed by invisible objects and arguing with imaginary people. It was through this form that Skelton proved that he could not only make millions of Americans laugh without using profanity, but he could do it without saying a word. Skelton was a down home Hoosier who followed in the footsteps footsteps of a father he barely knew. He became a clown and he later sold paintings of clowns for thousands of dollars. But he will always be remembered most as a man who painted smiles on faces with laughter. At the conclusion of his television show, Skelton always appeared humbly on stage to address the audience with the words, "Good night, and may God bless." Asked in later years why he said "may" instead of just "God bless," Skelton explained that he didn't want to command anything of God; he merely wanted to wish his audience good fortune. With a Hoosier legend entertaining them, audiences were blessed with the great fortune of witnessing a man who left a legacy legacy of laughter.