Monday 23 July 2018

Tatty-bye Ken Dodd, a man with laughter in his veins

The Scouse comedian, who died last week, was utterly crackers - and everyone except the taxman loved him, writes Barry Egan

BUCK-TOOTHED GRIN: Ken Dodd with his waxwork at Madame Tussaud's in London.
BUCK-TOOTHED GRIN: Ken Dodd with his waxwork at Madame Tussaud's in London.
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Charlie Chaplin once said that all he needed to "make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl". Ken Dodd didn't need that much to make comedy.

In a speech about Shakespeare's comedy at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2005, Dodd, the Bard of Knotty Ash, said: "It's about men and women and thingy, you know, sex, and kings and queens and politicians and bishops. It's all the same.

"Mind you he wasn't a gag man, William. Me - I'm an eyes and teeth man," he said with a smile.

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