We say goodbye to a Liverpool comedy icon, Sir Ken Dodd

Danny Woods
March 13, 2018

Famous for inventing puppets the Diddymen and wielding his legendary "tickling stick", the joker toured the country for decades, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records for performing 1,500 jokes in a three and a half hour set. He was known for his Diddy Men character.

The funnyman had secretly married his long-term partner, Anne Jones of 40 years just two at the home in Liverpool' where he spent his entire life.

Dodd was being treated at the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital for six weeks with a chest infection before being discharged a fortnight ago.

His publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats".

Those who worked with him also looked back with fondness.

Sir Ken Dodd was one of Britain's last music hall greats.

Comic Gary Delaney called the star "one of the all time greats", and, referencing the fact Sir Ken's shows could often last for hours, added: "The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday".

Dodd, with his deliberate unruly hair and protruding teeth, had the gift for making his audience laugh before he had uttered a word.

His TV shows included The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken and Ken Dodd's Laughter Show. In 1965, he hit the top of the charts with his take on the song Tears, written by lyricist Frank Capano and composer Billy Uhr.

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He was prosecuted and acquitted of tax fraud in 1989 but turned Liverpool Crown Court into sell-out theatre. "I feel sorry for any up-and-coming comedian who'll never have a chance of seeing his brilliance at work".

"I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for 18 months".

"Do I believe in safe sex?"

"My dad knew I was going to be a comedian".

If the "number of catchphrases is a mark of a comedian's success", said a BBC profile in 2013, Dodd has "done well, with such trademark sayings as "how tickled I am" and "by jove, missus" and nonsense concoctions including "tattyfilarious" and "discomknockerated".

"How do you make a blonde laugh on a Sunday?"

Dodd was more than just a joke teller.

"He's one of the most generous men in show business".

He continued: "Obviously, he can not even consider returning to the stage until he has fully recovered from his chest infection and, in typical fashion, he is disappointed that for the first time in his long career, he won't be making the long journet from Liverpool to Bournemouth".

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