He created such characters as Clem Kadiddlehopper
, Gertrude and Healthcliffe, Freddie the Freeloader and more.
Skelton's characters include Clem Kadiddlehopper
, Cauliflower McPugg and Freddie The Freeloader, as well as himself as a master pantomimist.
Once airborne and away from the departure field, dial up the facility and, after waiting to ensure you're not breaking into a conversation, announce your presence thusly: "[Facility name], SkySmasher 12345, request." Presuming the controller answers with anything but, "If 12345 is calling for advisories, we're too busy," it's your turn: "[Facility name], 12345 is a SkySmasher 2000, just off Podunk, VFR direct to Kadiddlehopper
, climbing to six-thousand five-hundred, requesting advisories." The controller usually will respond with a transponder code and may ask your initial heading.
Nuns called Otter "Clem," which happened to be the name of the bumbling yokel character (last name: Kadiddlehopper
) on Red Skelton's TV show.
Skelton's comedy characters also included Clem Kadiddlehopper
, a cluck from the country who was more crackers than crackerbarrel.
Hapless viewers in the vast wasteland of television sitcoms who are thirsting for some authentic, old-fashioned bellylaughs for a change may find relief in the old reruns of "The Red Skelton Show." Although Red Skelton's final show aired in 1971, the entertainer (whom many consider to be America's greatest clown) still plays well to kids who never heard of him, as well as to generations of Americans whose funny bones are still reeling from the antics of Clem Kadiddlehopper
, Cauliflower McPugg, The Mean Widdle Kid, Freddie the Freeloader, and other hilarious Skelton characters.