What are your favourite Frank Carson gags and memories?

Tributes have been pouring in for comedian Frank Carson, who died last night.

And we would love you to share your favourite jokes of his and your memories of the Northern Irish funnyman.

Comedian Ken Dodd described his 'good friend' as a 'jolly jester' who had the 'fantastic gift of making people happy'.

Dodd, who worked with Carson on the BBC Radio 2 show Pull The Other One in the 1980s, said: 'It is very, very sad news.

'He was a wonderful comedian, a fabulous jolly jester and had a fantastic gift of making people feel happy. His humour was always mainstream - he didn't do dirty or obscene comedy.'


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Former chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson said Carson represented 'front-of-cloth comedy'.

'It's a different genre from the kind of comedy that we have today, where younger and smarter comedians play big halls - he was a club comic,' he said.

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'People's sense of humour has changed, this generation laugh at different things. At that time, comedians could talk about fat women and people with bow legs, I doubt whether he'd enjoy going on TV today, with all the strictures that are put on people.

'He was a good man - you're always smiling with people like Frank around.'

Chris Tarrant, who appeared alongside Carson on Tiswas, told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'He was the funniest man I have met in my life and would tell jokes relentlessly - there was not anyone like him.'

Born in Belfast on November 6, 1926 to a family of Italian descent, the son of a binman grew up in the Little Italy area of the city and worked as a plasterer and electrician before joining the Parachute Regiment.

He served three years in the Middle East in the 1950s before turning to showbusiness.

Spotted for his stand-up work, he was a popular performer on Irish television before moving to England.

He also worked ceaselessly for charity and was made a Knight of St Gregory by Pope John Paul II in 1987.

He dedicated much of his life to looking after his wife Ruth, who had serious eyesight problems, with his sons Tony and Aidan and daughter Majella, despite his own heart problems. They also put a huge effort into bringing the two sides of the community in Northern Ireland together through education.

Leave your memories and favourite jokes in the comments below.

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