Revered as one of Britain’s funniest comedians, Ken has enjoyed a professional career spanning over 50 years during which he has received numerous awards and accolades, including the first ever ‘Living Legend Award’ from the British Comedy Society, a Lifetime Achievement in the British Comedy Awards and the ‘Greatest Merseysider Of All Time’ from his home city of Liverpool.
Dodd’s stand-up style is fast and relies on the rapid delivery of one-liner jokes. He has claimed that his comic influences include other Liverpool comedians like Arthur Askey, Rob Wilton, Tommy Handley and the “cheeky chappy” from Brighton Max Miller. He intersperses the comedy with occasional songs, both serious and humorous, in an incongruously fine light baritone voice.
Dodd has had many recording hits, charting on nineteen occasions in the UK Top 40, including his first single “Love Is Like a Violin” (1960), which charted at number 8 (UK), and his song “Tears”, which topped the UK charts for five weeks in 1965, selling over a million copies. At the time it was the UK’s biggest selling single by a solo artist, and remains one of the UK’s biggest selling singles of all time. Dodd was selected to perform the song on A Jubilee Of Music in 1976, a celebration of the key pop successes of Queen Elizabeth II’’s first twenty-five years as UK monarch.
Dodd is renowned for the length of his performances, and during the 1960s he earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest ever joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours (7.14 jokes per minute), undertaken at a Liverpool theatre, where audiences were observed to enter the show in shifts. More recently, Ken Dodd appeared at the Royal Variety Performance in 2006, where he reprised some of his famous jokes, including those about tax accountants as well as singing his famous song “Happiness”.
KEN DODD, Happiness Tour, Grand Opera House York, Saturday 23 June at 7.30pm, Tickets £21 & £18 from Box Office on 0844 871 3024 or book online at ATG Tickets