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    Quote Originally Posted by shytalk View Post
    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.
    Agree over the workaholic bit, he has often been given the keys to theatres by disgruntled staff because of how long he stays on stage for. Wont stay in hotels either, always likes to get home to own bed.


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    It shows how much he's in Liverpool.
    Everyone has got a story about seeing him or meeting him.

    I think this thread would have ended by now if we were talking about "Jimmy or Cilla"

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    That's true.

    I've met Ken Dodd on a couple of occassions. I know someone who is related to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    That's true.

    I've met Ken Dodd on a couple of occassions. I know someone who is related to him.

    Does he work down a jam butty mine?

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    I just watched Kenn Dodds "This is your life" from 1990.
    Really enjoyed it.
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    Exclamation Arena : Ken Dodd's Happiness - 8pm Christmas Eve BBC Two

    Arena : Ken Dodd's Happiness - 8pm Christmas Eve BBC Two

    BBC Two's 'Arena' is given unique, behind-the-scenes access, to one of the country's truly great comedians, the Squire of Knotty Ash, Ken Dodd.

    Ken Dodd is probably the last of the great all-round entertainers whose roots go back to the old British music hall tradition.

    As another veteran Eric Sykes says,"This man is the piece of Chippendale in a room full of G plan furniture".

    Doddy, who was eighty in November, continues to perform live with a schedule that someone half his age would struggle to tackle.

    Driven by an ambition to play every theatre in the UK and armed with his tickling sticks, jokes, songs and ventriloquism skills, he comes on stage at 7.30pm and rarely finishes before 12.30am.

    Dodd still lives in his beloved Liverpool - in the same house in Knotty Ash where he's lived since he was four years old.


    Ken Dodd and the Diddymen

    Arena has been given unprecedented film access to give a glimpse of the side of Ken Dodd that the public seldom see. It reveals an intensely private man and builds a portrait of a serious-minded comedian.

    Doddy's early career was spent as a coal-man and then a door-to-door salesman, selling feather dusters to Liverpool housewives.

    It was during this time that he began to develop his act as a comedian," I served my apprenticeship round the clubs, dockers' soirees, anywhere where there was an audience I would go along and do my act".

    Ten years later, he was performing sell-out shows at the London Palladium and his fans ranged from the Queen Mother to Harold Wilson and playwright John Osborne.

    The Ken Dodd Show was watched by millions on television in the 60's and 70's but nowadays, apart from the occasional chat show appearances and "An Audience With…" Doddy has focused largely on his live shows.

    His pedigree as a live performer has no challengers in show business. He holds the record for the longest ever run at the Palladium lasting 42 weeks in 1965 and breaking all box office records.

    He has performed Shakespeare, appeared on Doctor Who and sold millions of records including the Number One 'Tears'.

    In the minds and hearts of the British public he is 'up there' with other iconic comedy greats like Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper and fellow scouse comics Arthur Askey, Ted Ray, Tommy Handley and Rob Wilton - all of whom were major influences.

    Arena : Ken Dodd's Happiness - 8pm Christmas Eve BBC Two
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    BRILLIANT.
    NOT USED THE VCR FOR AGES.A GOOD REASON TO GET THOSE TAPES USED.!
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    OOPS
    So sorry.Hope I didn't deafen' you!!

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    Hope I didn't deafen' you!!
    what? eh?
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    Just been reading this, while the arena show about Doddy was on, some great stories here and on there. An Audience with Ken Dodd on BBC 2 later, I will make sure thats on too.
    First saw him late 70's or early 80's when he did The Playhouse, and I was just blown away by the show, he was bleedin fantastic, until then, he was just that scary lookin bloke on the telly, after that show, he rocketed to the top of my fave comediens.
    I've seen his stage show twice more since then, but not for about 18 years.
    I've seen Joe Pasquale a couple of times since, took my 9 and 10 year old boys to see him, he's a very good live comedien, but he's no Doddy, he even agreed with me when I saw him the stage door once.

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    just finished watching the Doddy show, it was very good. I saw him live when I was, or was it before I was an elf, brilliant. As a kid back then he did it for me so for the grown ups it must have been hillarious.

    Good man Ken, keep it up, yer ticklin, stick that is.

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    What a terrific man, a legend to be treasured
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    It just became available on UKnova.com
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    Doddy is to play two shows in March 08 at St Georges Hall to celerate the capital of culture, talking about his 4 favourite Liverpool comedians.

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    I think Robb Wilton is one of them...
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    I went to see Doddy on the Empire, it must have been about 4 years ago. I think he was only supposed to do 2 hours but he got carried away and the brilliant entertainer carried on for well over 3 hours.

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    Saw Ken in Bradford on Friday 21st.His audience just love him,The man is the best comedy entertainer this country has seen.His energy levels are just amazing.I have seen him twice before in Blackpool.His jokes are so fast it is nearly impossible to remember them.We are going to try to get in at the City Varieties in Leeds in March.I also watched the programmes on him over the Christmas period.The show an audience with-most of that material he told last Friday.He involves his audience so much.May he go on for a lot longer.There is one thing we will not see him on telly.That medium cannot do him justice,you can't keep Ken in a box.He drifts off then comes back to the joke he was telling.

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    I used to go and see Doddy on the Shakespeare Theatre in the early 1950`s
    in variety shows. He always included The Road To Mandalay in his act dressed up in safari clothes with a pithe helmet on his head and everything
    but the kitchen sink on his back.
    Before he became famous he sold Aunt Sally (liquid soap for non scousers) round the houses in Liverpool.
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    Hello Greg,s dad, I saw that act live once and have seen it on tv. You can,t fault the bloke for being gutsy can you? But that stigma of his loot in his boot cannot go away from some scousers I,ve talked to about him. Also the fact that he was critising the council for not doing something for the building that caught fire and was pulled down and was going to be used as a laughter museum, while he was sleeping on millions of pounds. Perhaps these critics should go to one of his shows eh. and reestablish themselves to him?

    He was an aunt sally man eh too. Ther used to be a song about that didn,t there?

    "Sally, Aunt Sally pour it down the alley"

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    I saw Doddy last night/this morning at the Philharmonic.

    He came on stage and you could tell he wasn't well. He was coughing quite badly and looked pale and I was fearing he may have to cut the performance.
    Not a chance...he was a real pro and as he continued, his health seemed to gradually improve during the course of the night.

    The whole show lasted 5hrs (19.30-00.30) -with a half hour interval after 3hrs- and not once did he complain about his cold.

    £17.50 for 5hrs is just amazing value from a professional entertainer these days.
    Great show - highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macateb View Post
    I saw Doddy last night/this morning at the Philharmonic.

    He came on stage and you could tell he wasn't well. He was coughing quite badly and looked pale and I was fearing he may have to cut the performance.
    Not a chance...he was a real pro and as he continued, his health seemed to gradually improve during the course of the night.

    The whole show lasted 5hrs (19.30-00.30) -with a half hour interval after 3hrs- and not once did he complain about his cold.

    £17.50 for 5hrs is just amazing value from a professional entertainer these days.
    Great show - highly recommended.
    5 HOURS Fantastic!!
    I saw him about 20 years ago on the "railway club" in Aintree, i went home cold sober because i dare not go to the bar and miss anything!
    He came on waving his Tickling sticks and said "Oh what a beautifull day for shoving bucketfulls of ice up yer girlfriends vest and saying now then how's that for that chest freezer you've always wanted!"
    Doddy is the bestest
    Mike Harding is the only comedian that could ever come (a close 2nd) anywhere near Doddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devo View Post
    5 HOURS Fantastic!!
    I saw him about 20 years ago on the "railway club" in Aintree, i went home cold sober because i dare not go to the bar and miss anything!
    He came on waving his Tickling sticks and said "Oh what a beautifull day for shoving bucketfulls of ice up yer girlfriends vest and saying now then how's that for that chest freezer you've always wanted!"
    Doddy is the bestest
    Mike Harding is the only comedian that could ever come (a close 2nd) anywhere near Doddy
    Brilliant.
    Doddy is taking a young magician around with him when he tours.
    Magician is from Liverpool.
    Nice of him to get this kid some work.He did advise this kid to write down everything he earns (source:my brothers mouth)

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    Just heard on radio Doddy`s unwell some shows cancelled
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    That fits in with what macateb said in his post. (post no.82).

    sounds like Doddy isn't too well.

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    2 shows in january have had to be cancelled and he is now in hospital, lets hope this isnt serious.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7166591.stm

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    Just to say I am posting for the first time, my husband and i went to see " The King of Knotty Ash" the great Ken Dodd at the Philamonic on Sunday and what a performance I am sure its the BEST ever we were in stitches laughing all the time, we wonder just how he does it at his great age!

    We have been to see him many times at the Southport Theatre and met him and what a nice person he is, we wish him the very best for the future and may he continue making us all laugh for many, many years to come, possibly with " SIR " in front of his name as he deserves it.

    If Ken reads this " Well Done great performance "

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    Hi and welcome, enjoy your time here and thanks for your support.

    PS, hope you don't mind but I'll move this post to the Ken Dodd thread

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    A hernia his agent said, best wishes to Ken and glad all appears to have gone to plan.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7166591.stm

    Not sure if its been posted but this is Ken's official site with news and perfrmance dates.

    http://www.kendoddshows.com/

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