Red [Richard] Skelton
In 1951, Red Skelton and a party of friends flew to Europe,
where Skelton was to appear at the London Palladium. As they were flying
over the Swiss Alps, three of the airplane's engines failed. The situation
looked very grave and the passengers began to pray. Skelton went into
one of his best comic routines to distract them from the emergency as
the plane lost altitude, coming closer and closer to the ominous-looking
mountains. At the last moment, the pilot spied a large field among the
precipitous slopes and made a perfect landing. Skelton broke the relieved
silence by saying, "Now, ladies and gentlemen, you may return to
all the evil habits you gave up twenty minutes ago."
U.S. comedian and artist. Red Skelton painted for
years and his artwork took many forms, such as still lifes and landscapes.
However, it has been his clowns that have had the widest appeal (see above).
SEE SAMPLES of Red Skelton's artwork. Then READ more about one of America's bests-loved comedians.