"I feel people desperately want a laugh and what I offer them is optimistic comedy. Unlike some comics, I don't tell them what a rotten world it is. I say life is fabulous and wonderful and we should enjoy it while we can"
Went to see Ken last night at Parr Hall, Warrington- the man is a real pro, and his act was hilarious. Totally clean, no swearing, you could have taken your granny. Went on for 5 hours, with variety acts interspersed. Was like being in an old style music hall, an excellent show. Am now a convert!
you lucky people to have seen him...
how old is he for goodness sake, he can teach these young kids something about stamina and puttting on a good show...
good onya doddy... by jove missus...!!!
live long & prosper...
he desrves a knighthood...
some one should nominate him !!!
Ken Dodd's bio on Wikipedia. I agree that a knighthood would be appropriate for all the happiness Ken has brought people. Personally, I also like him because he is a big Liverpool fan. I used to see him quite a lot at the matches at Anfield in the Sixties when I went there with my Grandad and Uncle Bill (a fellow comedian) -- looking quite different with his hair slicked back than the wild hair look he affects onstage.
THE DIDDY PEOPLE MYSTERY
(Daily Post, January 25 1965)
Liverpool's great Leprechaun Mystery has been solved. It was only nine months ago that reports of "little people" started pouring in. They were seen in parks and playing fields around Liverpool. Scores of children scoured the parks, invaded bowling greens and hunted among shrubberies in an effort to catch a glimpse of the little men from Ireland. At the time no one knew how the leprechaun mystery started.
But the man who thinks he might have the answer to the whole business is the man from Knotty Ash Towers - Ken Dodd. "Just before all these rumours started, I did an item on television. We used a special technique by which the cameras were able to 'diddify' people. It was rather like looking through the wrong end of a telescope. We arranged everything so that television commentator Bill Grundy was reduced to about four inches on the screen and I described him as a diddy man from Ireland - a leprechaun. Immediately afterwards, there were all sorts of stories about leprechauns being sighted by people all over the place. Children were running around the parks and gardens looking for the little men," says Ken.
HE HAS tickled the funny bones of generations of Scousers and become a national institution.
Now Ken Dodd has taken the first step towards being voted the Greatest Ever Merseysider.
The 79-year-old came out tops in the first category - entertainment and media - with an overwhelming majority of votes from ECHO readers. CONTINUES.....
i just hope that Ken gets all the credits he deserves especially next year & 2008.. not only is he a notionbal treasure, but scouse through & through...
well done sir ken...
'taxes...!!!!' said ken, ..
'I thought they were those big black things with FOR HIRE on the top...'
he he he...
My sketch of Ken Dodd.
Thanks. It's an old pic I sketched probably 1980s.
well done lindy lou... that's great.. missus...
could you do one of him with his tickling stick..
how tickled hi ham!! missus!!!
more doddy news please anyone, what's he up to ???
Does Ken have the honour of of being in the only scouse related (that I know of) tongue twister?
Ken Dodd's dad's dog's dead
A leg end
" If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from".
"I could have been a footballer - but I had a paper round"..Yosser Hughes
Great sketch lindylou...
I bumped into the great man only two weeks ago and said hello.
I wish i had this on me at the time for him to sign it.
One of my illustrations I did about a year ago.
That's great artwork Klaatu
Thanks everyone...I met him in the Anglican Cathedral, apparently he's quite a regular visitor.
In hindsight I should have said to him- it's great meeting a Liverpool icon inside another Liverpool icon.
Met him on more than one occasion going in to All Saints Childwall Church - that's his 'local' chuch! You can't really say anything apart from doffing your cap at the giant of comedy - especially when he's just about to enter a place of worship
I picked him up off the late train from London a few times when I had my cab in the 70's, he looked absolutely worn out, he is a workaholic. Don't believe the rumours that he is stingy, he is quite generous.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.