SMC (not really, but it has a “clown.”)
Posted by Wickedpinto on February 27, 2011
Red Skelton is one of the most famous comedians and clowns of all time, he’s from the middle Indiana area, so I think most kids around here, even now know who he is, even though they are almost 2 generations removed from anyone who actually saw one of his performances in person or on television live.
He started out as a clown, became a quite famous vaudevillian (like most clowns and vaudevillians of the time. Vaudeville and Clowning was high comedy back then.) and then with his fame he also started clowning a little more to reach a childrens audience.
clem Freddy the Freeloader was a little bit adult, in that it depicts a drunk speaking “logic” when it was just round about excusing, like WC Fields used to do.
Here is one vid of Red, working with movie greats, people so great that you might call them “Thespians.” Freddy The Freeloader makes friends with Raymond Burr.
If you want another one, Here he is with Vincent Price, as Clem Kaddidlehopper (one of his most famous characters.)
On top of being an endearing vaudevillian, and clown and personality.
He was also a patriot who didn’t just play a clown who could cry, but could make you cry with him.
[update:]meant to say freddy, but I said clem. derr.