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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 November 1927Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England, UK
Birth NameKenneth Arthur Dodd
Nickname Doddy

Mini Bio (1)

Ken Dodd was born on November 8, 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England as Kenneth Arthur Dodd. He is a writer and actor, known for World of Laughter (1974), Ken Dodd: Another Audience with Ken Dodd (2002) and A Question of Entertainment (1988).

Trade Mark (2)

Carries a feather duster around, he refers to it as a "Tickling Stick"
Protruding buck teeth

Trivia (21)

Had a UK number one hit in the sixties with 'Tears'.
Dan Young gave Dodd his first break in show business.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1982 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to entertainment and to charity.
In 1989 he was charged with tax evasion. Thanks to the work of George Carman QC who defended him, he was acquitted. For a while afterwards he used the experience in his stage acts, introducing himself by saying "Good evening, my name is Kenneth Arthur Dodd: singer, photographic playboy and failed accountant".
His famous protruding buck teeth are the result of a childhood accident when his friends dared him to ride his bicycle with his eyes shut. The bike hit a kerb and Ken hit the ground, landing on his face.
Visiting theatres in the north of England as part of the Christmas leg of this year's 'Happiness Show' tour. [December 2003]
A guest at the Royal Variety Performance in 1986.
In a 2005 poll of comedians and comedy insiders to find the 'Comedians' Comedian', Dodd was voted amongst the 'Top 50 Comedy Acts Ever', ranked as number 36.
In 2012 at the age of 84, he played the Princes Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex on 7 July. Starting at 7.15pm he continued until just before 9.00pm when Sybie Jones took to the stage. Returning at 9.30pm he continued until 10.00pm. The second support act performed until Dodd's return just before 11.00pm when he continued until 00.25am. As of 2016 Dodd continues to tour extensively.
In July 2010, the regional UK airline Eastern Airways named one of their Jetstream 41 aircraft after Dodd, in celebration of one year of scheduled services to Liverpool, and the support that Dodd shows for the region and in particular the airport.
Dodd became one of the rare entertainers to be given a second show of An Audience with... which he did in Another audience with Ken Dodd in 2002.
A statue depicting Dodd with his feather duster was unveiled in Lime Street Station, Liverpool on 11 June 2009.
Dodd has had two long-term fiancées, but has never married. A stalker, Ruth Tagg, who harassed Dodd and his girlfriend Anne Jones (who is also a current support act, named 'Sybie' Jones), sending threatening letters and a dead rat, attempted to burn down his house by pushing burning rags through the letterbox in October 2001. Tagg pleaded guilty to harassment and arson at Preston Crown Court.
Dodd was a supporter of the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher and campaigned during the 1979 general election campaign, which first brought her to power. In the last rally, in Wembley Arena, he introduced her on to the stage.
Dodd was made an honorary fellow of the University of Chester on 4 November 2009, having been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at a graduation ceremony in Chester Cathedral. His doctorate was presented by Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster. He was awarded a Doctorate of Letters at Liverpool Hope University on 25 January 2010 during the university's Foundation Day celebrations.
Dodd's stand-up comedy 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, Robb Wilton, Tommy Handley and the "cheeky chappy" from Brighton, Max Miller.
At the age of seven, he was dared by his school friends to ride his bike with his eyes shut. He accepted the dare, crashed and received facial injuries which resulted in his distinctive buck teeth.
In the 1960s his fame in the UK was such that he rivalled The Beatles as a household name, with his recording of "Tears" being the UK's third best selling single of the 1960s.
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.
In 2006, Ken Dodd appeared at the Royal Variety Performance in front of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, where he reprised some of his famous jokes, including those about tax accountants as well as singing his famous song "Happiness".
He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Entertainment and charity in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

Personal Quotes (1)

How tickled I am!

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