MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN COLLECTING OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME NOW. HE LISTENS TO THEM WHILE HE IS WORKING IN THE DARKROOM.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEM ALSO.
In every generation, there are singularly outrageous comedians, and for the middle of the 20th century, Red Skelton was probably the "top banana" of all. He remained true to the clown tradition of making 'em laugh, anyway possible and as often as possible. Although known for his physical comedy, he was a master character actor and mime, and had a joke book that was reputed to have 180 thousand jokes.
Red said he worked his way up to radio by doing "everything but opera." He got on radio with Avalon Time and soon his Raleigh Program, began in '41, took him to the top. All through the WWII years he kept America laughing, except for a '44 stint as a drafted private who made it his job to entertain the troops.
Skelton was at the top of the radio top five ratings for many years, right along with Jack Benny, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Bob Hope. A list of character Red created would be a yard long, but a couple of major ones are the mean little Junior, Willie Lump Lump and goofy Clem Kadiddlehopper. His rapid-fire jokes and gags, along with physical comedy and extreme characters at the drop of a hat were rarely equaled.
In the late 40's and early 50's Skelton's show slowed its pace a little as Red developed his masterful storytelling skills in longer sketches of American life. Thankfully Red continued on TV. Throughout his career, he kept to his roots, remaining a true clown with a genuine love for all the oddball characters he did. His audience felt Red's comedy came from his heart, and they loved him for it.
THERE ARE 115 Episodes ON 1 DVD AND THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT. THEY WILL PLAY ON ANY COMPUTER AND SOME CD PLAYERS THAT ARE MARKED PLAYS MP3s. YOU CAN EASILY BURN THEM TO A CD SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR CAR SYSTEM. I HAVE THEM ON MY ZUNE AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS THEM ON HIS I-POD. REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT AND WILL NOT PLAY ON MOST CD PLAYERS.
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