This week we have all awoke to the news of Sir Ken Dodd’s passing. The 90-year-old entertainer was a Liverpool icon and will be remembered as one of the all-time greats of comedy. He never failed to get a laugh and could find humour in every situation.
With his clean comedy routines and marathon comedy shows, he will be remembered as one of the last of a dying breed of entertainers. Here, we’re looking back on some of Sir Ken Dodd’s greatest moments and tattyfilarious one-liners.
His Classic One-Liners
Ken was made famous by his quick-fire comedy. In fact, he once earned himself a spot in the Guinness book of records after telling 1500 jokes in just three-and-a-half hours. That’s an average of seven jokes a minute!
“Five out of every three people have trouble understanding fractions.”
Many of his jokes centred on common themes and one popular theme of his was his mother in law.
“I haven’t spoken to my mother-in-law in 18 months. I don’t like to interrupt her.”
‘Honolulu, it’s got everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife’s mother.’
Although, all of his jokes were simply eccentric, outlandish and just a touch unconventional. He was also known for performing marathon level comedy nights. Often going way overtime just so he could keep his audience laughing.
One night in Blackpool, fellow comedians recall him telling the audience, “I’ll be following you home and shouting jokes through the letterbox.”
RIP Sir Ken Dodd. One of the all time greats. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday.— Gary Delaney (@GaryDelaney) March 12, 2018
His Famous Diddymen
Ken started out as a ventriloquist and made his first debut in 1954. Since then, his Diddymen have often featured in countless points of British and Liverpool history. When Ken can to leave the Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital two weeks ago, he even had some Diddymen there to join him.
Ken Dodd.I loved him from when I was a kid. I won 1st prize in Prestatyn Carnival 1965 dressed as a Diddy Man #Proud, outfit made from an old bike tyre and a sheet. Doddy always made me cry laughing (he came on my This is Your Life show #IFeltHonoured). RIP Doddy ..you were loved https://t.co/7THZ54i2RQ— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) March 12, 2018
After years of campaigning by his devoted followers, Ken was finally awarded a Knighthood and would refer to the day as “the best day of my life”.
Although, Ken would also say that his favourite award of all was being crowned Greatest Merseysider of all Time in a Radio City poll, saying:
“That’s because it was voted for by my fellow citizens in a city that has always been, and always will be, my home. I am filled with happiness. I shall raise several glasses of tickle tonic to the greatest place in the world.”
Ken never moved out of his Knotty Ash home, and always stayed close to his Liverpool roots. He married his wife, Lady Anne, just two days before he passed away in a poignant end to their lifelong romance.
The great performer never failed to leave his audience well and truly tickled and will be sorely missed by all.