Ken dodd tears of happiness

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ken dodd tears of happiness

Happiness and Tears: The Ken Dodd Story by Louis Barfe

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He was described as "the last great music hall entertainer", and was primarily known for his live stand-up performances. A lifelong resident of Knotty Ash in Liverpool, Dodd's career as an entertainer started in the mids.
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Sir Ken Dodd: “I say thank you for happiness”

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All praise to Louis Barfe He makes us realise what we lost when Les Dawson died' Observer. In today's hard times, we could do with another comic like Dawson' New Statesman. Louis Barfe is expert on all aspects of the entertainment industry. In this, the first serious biographical assessment of Ken Dodd since the death of the feather duster-wielding Liverpudlian in spring , respected historian of British light entertainment Louis Barfe charts the life and extraordinarily long comedic career of a man whose career straddled the very tail end of variety and the golden age of television comedy. When Dodd died, social media divided into two camps: those who wondered what all the fuss was about, and those who had seen him in live performance.

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Ken Dodd - Happiness

Two hours into his show and Ken Dodd is taking a short break backstage. With a joke rate, or what he calls his titters-per-minute, running at seven every 60 seconds, he has already told about gags this evening — every one of which has raised a laugh or at least an indulgent groan from delighted fans. By the time the capacity audience leaves the Palace Theatre in Mansfield shortly after midnight, five hours and 15 minutes after year-old Dodd burst on to the stage banging a drum and singing "Happiness", they might have chuckled, sniggered or roared with laughter up to 2, times. But in his dressing room, the King of the Diddy Men is feeling sad. Earlier this week he learnt that he was not being re-booked at one of the theatres which has been a bulwark of his year showbusiness career. Management at the Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall wrote to Dodd's agent to say that they were concerned over the "quality of some of the performances" in his Christmas show last year and that some people had left before the end. The first half of the show tonight has been littered with jokes at the expense of the people of Nottingham, 13 miles away, but backstage Dodd sips a plastic cup of lager and explains why he is feeling so seriously upset.


  1. Xarles L. says:

    He knocked out a succession of comedy records, but there were far fewer takers for The Nikky Nokky Noo Song and The Diddly Doo Parade than for the love songs he sang, apparently in deadly earnest.

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