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Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:00am to Fri, 03/31/2017 - 5:00pm

Red Skelton was a true patriot! He respected the office of the President of the United Stes no matter which party was in office.
The newest exhibit at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy showcases the many photographs, letters and other memorabilia Red Skelton collected from various Presidents throughout his career.

Exhibit is FREE with regular museum admission and is open during regular museum hours.

Call 812-888-4184 for more information or to set up a tour.

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 7:00pm

Mime artist to conduct workshop at VU

VINCENNES, Ind. - World renowned mime artist James “JJ” Jones will conduct a free mime workshop and performance at Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performance Center. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.

Jones, who has been deaf since birth, has partial hearing through a hearing aid. He first discovered pantomime at an early age by watching the Red Skelton Show and performed his first mime in school around the age of 10.

The free workshop will be held on Feb. 15, 7 p.m. EST, in the REDucation Room of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy which is located adjacent to the Skelton Center.

Local school children will attend the free performance in the Skelton Center theatre on Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. The public is invited.

The workshop and performance are sponsored by Psi Iota Xi sorority and the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. Details are available at by calling 812-888-4184.


James "JJ" Jones was born in Kansas City, Missouri and has been deaf since birth, but can partially hear with his hearing aid. He first discovered "pantomime" at an early age by watching the Red Skelton Show, which was not telecaptioned (cc) at that time. "JJ" first performed mime in school around the age of 10.

JJ learned more mime just before he graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. While there, he attended mime workshops by Claude Kipnis, Keith Berger, Dimitri, Bernard Bragg (from the National Theatre of the Deaf), Francisco Reynders (Marcel Marceau's classmate), and many other mime artists. JJ improved his skills by observing the famous mime artist, Marcel Marceau. JJ fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams by meeting his role models, Red Skelton and Marcel Marceau.

JJ has been a mime instructor at Maple Woods Community College for the Interpreter Training Program in North Kansas City, Mo., for more than 15 years. He loves to teach mime to children and student interpreters.

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:00pm to Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:00pm

:  The Red Skelton Museum will be showing comedy films.  Beginning in January the Red Skelton museum “Skelton  Funny Films” will be showing comedy films monthly. These films will support the mission of the museum by exposing the public to American comedy. Collection consultant, Mark Kratzner will introduce the films with some trivia. . Showings of the films will be in the Dr. Phil Summers Theater in the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, 20 Red Skelton Blvd at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of the month. The museum is adjacent to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Red Skelton Blvd., on the Vincennes University campus.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Skelton  Funny Films is sponsored by Hilliard Lyons Wealth Mangement of Princeton.

 Scheduled showings include:

  • “Roxanne” (1987) on Feb. 21:  A modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. Steve Martin was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as a fire chief that falls in love with Roxanne, but she is attracted to a fire fighter. 
  • “The Stooge” (1952) on March 21:  Classic Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis film. Martin is a vaudeville singer that is failing until Lewis joins the act as a stooge. One of Jerry Lewis' favorite films. Red Skelton had a stooge act with his wife in vaudeville.
  • “The Egg and I” (1947) on April 18:  This film inspired the TV show "Green Acres".  A couple from the city buy a chicken farm. This film also introduced Ma and Pa Kettle. Marjorie Main, from Indiana, played Ma and was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • “Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure” (1989) on May 15:  Bill & Ted need to present a history report to avoid going to military school. They get help from a time machine. Red Skelton had a character the appeared in skits set in the past. 
  • “The Sunshine Boys” (1975) on June 20:  An ex-vaudeville team get back together for a TV special. They find out that they still can't get along. Red Skelton was originally cast as one of the comics. 

 For information about the series, or about the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, contact Mark kratzner 812-888-2106

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 10:00am

Join us for the 12th annual Red Skelton Festival, Saturday, July15th.

This year, the festival will be on the grounds around the Museum.  For the price of a $5 collectible 2016 Festival button you will be able to tour the museum all day and enjoy the sessions in the REducation Room in the Museum

There will be stage entertainment from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

The parade will begin at 11 AM and will pass by both the museum and Red's birthplace on it's new route.

Red Skelton impersonator, Brian Hoffman will be doing a show in "The Red" that evening at 7:00 PM.  Adult tickets are $10 and childre 12 and under are $5.



Call 812-888-4184 for more information.



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