Doddy's late, late show

Richard ParrIt was a show that went on and on and on …the mirth-making human machine that is Ken Dodd lived up to his reputation on Sunday with a five-hour tour-de-force of side-splitting laughter.Richard Parr

It was a show that went on and on and on… the human mirth-making machine that is Ken Dodd lived up to his reputation on Sunday with a five-hour tour-de-force of side-splitting laughter.

From his first appearance on

stage waving his trademark tickling stick, the King of Knotty Ash

burst into laughter, and the belly-laughs from the sellout audience continued throughout his performance.

After a showbusiness career spanning 55 years, Doddy retains an enthusiasm and freshness that

belies his 81 years and almost defies belief.

Most Read

Doddy is a national institution and a real tonic and I suspect many of those leaving the theatre were suffering from aching chuckle muscles.

You just finish laughing at one gag when you find yourself laughing at another, such is his quick-fire delivery of his naughty-but-nice style of humour.

This show gave top value for the ticket price because not only did we get hours of humour from the master himself, but there was added variety value from pianist and singer Sybie Jones and talented ukulele and violin player Andy Eastman.

Ken Dodd is up there with the greats of traditional variety entertainers including the late Tommy Cooper, Bob Monkhouse

and Frankie Howerd and it is amazing to realise he has been entertaining the British public since his debut at the old Nottingham Empire in 1954.

It's a scandal his services to the entertainment industry haven't been recognised with a knighthood.

The gong is long overdue.

Richard Parr