Red Skelton, one of television's first great comedians, will make a rare TV appearance on ABC's "The Third Annual America Comedy Awards" May 23 (8 p.m., Ch. 4).

Skelton will be one of some 30 comedy stars on the two-hour presentation that will feature Walter Matthau presenting this year's lifetime creative achievement award to playwright Neil Simon.Among others appearing on the show will be Arsenio Hall, Marlee Matlin, Allyce Beasely, Fawn Hall, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Ruth Buzzi and Arte Johnson.