Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd

Date of birth: 08-11-1927

Dodd started his career as a ventriloquist - and indeed still uses the Dicky Mint dummy in his act.

However, his success came through his exaggerated on-stage persona - the manic hairstyle, protruding teeth and, of course, trademark tickling stick - combined with a relentless stream of one-liners, peppered with nonsense words like 'tattifilarious', that can - and do - entertain audiences for hours.

He built his reputation as a live performer on the variety stage, and famously logs audience reactions to jokes every night, building up a picture of what plays well where.

His career was boosted with appearances on TV, often just guest roles, but his bizarre appearance would always stick in the mind. He also has a penchant for sickly ballads, as well as his signature tune Happiness, recording several albums of love songs and notching up 19 top 40 hits, including the 1965 chart-topper Tears.

Dodd became embroiled in a tax-dodging case in the Eighties, and was eventually cleared, but the case revealed much about Dodd's eccentric private life, too.

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When is Ken Dodd's funeral?

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to host tribute

Sir Ken Dodd's funeral will be held at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday March 28, it has been announced.

Fans are invited to join family and friends in paying tribute to the comedian, who died on Monday at the age of 90.

Canon Myles Davies, the acting dean of the cathedral, said: ‘Sir Ken was a well-known presence in our cathedral regularly attending worship with us. 

‘His character and humour affected us all and we are honoured to be able to help family and friends say their farewells.’

The service, at 1pm,  will be followed by a private internment.

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Published: 16 Mar 2018

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