01) Honorary Degree from Lincoln High School, Vincennes. 
Tolbert, Lincoln High School Principal; Bertz, Superintendent of Schools; Murray, School Board; Red Skelton; Kilfoy, Mayor; Miller, City Council; Rose, School Board; Bauer, President of School Board; McCarter, Detective.
05) Doctor of Humane Letters, Emerson Univeristy, Boston. 
Hans Conried and Leslie Parrish join Red Skelton in the comedy sketch "Clem's Theater." Conried portrays Mr. Randolph, a pretentious Shakesperean actor who wants to rent the barn owned by Clem Kadiddlehopper (Red) for a summer stage production. The trouble begins when Clem's sweetheart Daisy June (Leslie) becomes stagestruck. This episode aired April 4, 1961.
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GS: Allen Jenkins - Muggsy, Steve Dunne - Bob Roberts, Emmaline Henry - Connie
Freddie finds a piano in the dump and forms a band for an audition on a TV show.
Note: Red Skelton is nominated for a TV Guide Award. Winners announced 06/13/1961. 
by Hal Erickson
On this episode from April 18, 1961, Red Skelton offers a "Freddie the Freeloader" comedy sketch. It all begins when Freddie (Red) and his hobo pal Muggsy (Allen Jenkins) find an old piano in the City Dump. The two bums decide to organize a band and go on television. Real-life game show emcee Steve Dunne appears as TV host Bob Roberts.
GS: Mary Beth Hughes - Ruthie, Henry Kulky - Big Joe
MuPugg becomes a barber but is brought to court to testify on the fight racket.
by Hal Erickson
Tonight's comedy sketch is titled "Cauliflower and the Fight Fix." Hoping to earn enough money to marry his manicurist girlfriend, over-the-hill prizefighter Cauliflower McPugg (Red Skelton) opens up his own barbershop. After innumerable slapstick haircut routines, McPugg makes a fool of himself while testifying in a government investigation of corruption in the fight industry. This episode aired May 9, 1961.
Cara Williams guest stars in Red Skelton's final TV show for the 1960-61 season. In the comedy sketch "Appleby's Remote Control", henpecked George Appleby (Red) tries to figure a way to get out of doing all the housework. His solution results in a genuine "Twilight Zone" dilemma for himself and wife Clara (Cara). Best bit: When Clara Appleby grouses "I never should have married you in the first place!" George responds "It wasn't the first place! We got thrown outta there!" This episode originally aired June 27, 1961.
On September 26, 1961, Red Skelton began his 11th year on television in a new Tuesday-night timeslot: 9:00 PM EST instead of his customary 9:30 (which was now occupied by a filmed sitcom, Ichabod and Me. Red's guest for his opening program was Jayne Mansfield, who appeared in the comedy sketch "Will Success Spoil Clem Kadiddlehopper?" The plot: Clem (Red) wins a raffle, the first prize of which is a kiss from a buxom movie queen (Jayne). Alas, Clem is too shy to collect, so Jayne is forced to turn on the charm-and she does! Also appearing are several recent Miss USA contestants, every bit as attractive (if not quite so well developed) as Ms. Mansfield.
Singer Bobby Rydell makes another amusing Red Skelton Show appearance on this broadcast from October 24, 1961. This time, Bobby plays a young naif who is talked into buying a piece of washed-up prizefighter Cauliflower McPugg (Red). Somewhere along the way, Rydell not only gets to sing, but also offers his stunningly accurate impersonation of Skelton's rubeish "alter ego" Clem Kadiddlehopper.
11/13/1961 - [TV] JACK PAAR SHOW 'Guest'. 
by Hal Erickson
Two of America's greatest clowns-Red Skelton and Ed Wynn-were teamed on this Thanksgiving show, which first aired November 21, 1961. In the comedy sketch "Once Upon a Turkey," hoboes Freddie the Freeloader (Red) and Muggsy (Ed) arrive at their favorite skid-row mission just in time to be late for a turkey dinner. They then scheme to steal a meal, but are dissuaded by the plight of a starving orphan. Though contemporary TV listings insisted that this was a "dramatic" episode, the humorous tone is set early on when Skelton and Wynn are prevented from entering the mission door by a sign reading "Th-Th-Th-That's All, Folks!"
Red Skelton's guests on this episode from December 12, 1961 are Gunsmoke costar Amanda Blake and former Phil Silvers Show regular Maurice Gosfield (aka "Doberman"). In a "San Fernando Red" sketch, con artists San Fernando (Skelton) and Ruby (Amanda) are selling phony deeds for tropical islands. A self-made millionaire (Gosfield) is one of their suckers-and he wants to see what he's purchased.