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Jan McNulty
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Sir Ken Dodd died on Sunday at the age of 90.  He was one of those people I thought would go on forever.  He was released from hospital 2 weeks before his death and, in a local news interview, was already planning to return to the stage.

 

Ken Dodd's shows were legendary.  I remember a friend going to see him in Southport.  At the time all public transport finished around 11pm.  His show had started at 7:30pm and he started calling after people as they were leaving to catch their last train/bus home!  He eventually finished at 1:30am!!!

 

He was born, lived all his life and died in the same house in Knotty Ash, Liverpool.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43367267

 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/mar/12/comedy-legend-sir-ken-dodd-dies-aged-90

 

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/sir-ken-dodd-dies-aged-14397914

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The last of a true breed of professionals.  We won't be allowed to have another comedian like him as there is generally a mass sense of humour fail these days.  We are lucky to have had him, and to have had the freedom to laugh.

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33 minutes ago, Sim said:

The last of a true breed of professionals.  We won't be allowed to have another comedian like him as there is generally a mass sense of humour fail these days.  We are lucky to have had him, and to have had the freedom to laugh.

:rolleyes:

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One of those truely greats like Tommy Cooper who just had to walk on stage and you wanted to laugh even before they said anything.

I always thought he had a really fine singing voice as well. I loved his unconventionality a true Liverpool spirit.

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3 hours ago, Jan McNulty said:

Ken Dodd's shows were legendary.  I remember a friend going to see him in Southport.  At the time all public transport finished around 11pm.  His show had started at 7:30pm and he started calling after people as they were leaving to catch their last train/bus home!  He eventually finished at 1:30am!!!

 

I remember my parents going to see him and he went on for hours. No one left and no one minded as they didn’t want him to stop!

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It is one of biggest regrets I have that I missed out twice on seeing his live stage show, because I was away on holiday on both occasions when he was in the area.  My friends said his was one of the funniest shows they had seen. 

 

I have a video tape of one of his live shows, and it is hysterical.  It is just one joke after another, coming at you in rapid succession.  I play bits of it once in a while when I need cheering up.  No need for swear words or blue jokes, just witty banter and his own cheerful personality.  Oh, and one of the very few ventriloquist acts that I have ever found funny. 

 

 

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Rip Ken. One of my earliest theatre memories. My grandparents treated us to a box for his show at Nottingham Theatre Royal. He had an extended tickling stick and aimed it at me up in the box; I was terrified!! I keep all my vinyl and still have a copy of his hit single Happiness :D

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