Ken Dodd dead at 90

Mar 13, 2018, 04:23
Ken Dodd dead at 90

The funnyman died on Sunday, at the home he was born in, just two days after getting married.

Liz would collect him in her auto from his home in Knotty Ash and take him to various events which always guaranteed much welcome publicity. "When I was a baby, he said, 'Is this a joke?'"

"I've had the supreme joy and privilege of working and living with him as a partner for the past 40 years", the former Bluebell dancer continued.

"He lived to flawless his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences", she said.

Sir Ken was famous for his epic stand-up shows, which would frequently last for several hours, and his quickfire humour and great one-liners.

She was at his bedside when he died.

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, the Liverpool Council and famed author, actor and comedian, David Williams, also posted their condolences to Sir Ken Dodd's wife and family.

"He was a comedy legend and genius".

His publicist Robert Holmes said: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats". There is no one else that comes close.

The One Show at 7pm has added a segment on Dodd, while later on BBC1 the scheduled edition of Imagine... at 10:45pm will make way for Arena profile Ken Dodd's Happiness - featuring interviews with Dodd and footage of early performances - before Talking Comedy: Ken Dodd at 11:35pm collects some of his funniest chat show appearances.

'They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday. "And two days later he's passed away".

Gavin recalls: "There was a charming anecdote which I can recall from a few years back where we received a complaint from a group of people who had come to see Mr Dodd as part of their holiday in Eastbourne - the next morning at breakfast in their hotel they were commenting how absurd it was that a show that started at 7.30pm and ended at 11pm didn't have an interval".

Liz, who has since moved back to Northamptonshire, said if they stopped at traffic lights people would surround her auto, he was that well-loved.

But all dates this year had to be cancelled due to his illness. He was also known for his trademark "tickling stick" and his comedy pals the Diddymen. Don't think I said a word. "While I was in here, I wrote some new jokes, so it should be all right".

On ITV, a repeat of Rachel Nickell: the Untold Story is postponed for a 10:45pm showing of Another Audience with Ken Dodd in which he entertains a theatre crowd.

"The man who invented cats' eyes got the idea when he saw the eyes of a cat in his headlights". In the 1960s he held the Guinness world record for the longest joke-telling session: 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours. His father then bought him a ventriloquist's dummy, and the young Dodd began putting on shows at a local orphanage.

Dodd was knighted in 2017 in recognition of his lengthy career and years of charity work.

In 1989, Dodd "faced the possibility of disgrace", says the BBC, when he stood trial at Liverpool Crown Court on eight charges of tax fraud "spanning a period of 15 years and involving £825,000".

His first fiancee, Anita Boutin, died of a brain tumour in 1977 aged 45.