British comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies, aged 90

Sir Ken Dodd, one of the most popular British comedians and variety performers of all time, has died at the age of 90.

12th March 2018
/ By Andrew Wooding

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The Liverpudlian stand up, from Knotty Ash, married his partner of 40 years Anne Jones on Friday at their house.

He was recently treated for a chest infection in hospital for six weeks.

Tributes for Sir Ken flooded in this morning, with Liverpool comedian John Bishop writing on Instagram: "True comedy legend. RIP Sir Ken Dodd."

And David Walliams tweeted a picture of Dodd with The Beatles and a caption reading: "Comedy flows through him like water. RIP Sir Ken Dodd."

In reference to the scouse jester's epic show lengths, comedian Gary Delaney tweeted: "RIP Sir Ken Dodd. One of the all time greats.

"The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday."

Born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, in 1927, Kenneth Arthur Dodd made his showbiz debut as Professor Yaffle Chucklebutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter at the Nottingham Empire in 1954 at the age of 26.

Famous for inventing puppets the Diddymen and wielding his legendary "tickling stick", the joker toured the country for decades, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records for performing 1,500 jokes in a three and a half hour set.

Known as "the last great music hall" entertainer, Dodd's act consisted of brilliant one-liners, music and variety acts.

He also had a number one hit in 1965 with his record "Tears" which is the 33rd best-selling single of all time in the UK.

To end on a high note, here are a few of Sir Ken Dodd's best jokes:

"I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her."

"I used to think I was marvellous in bed until I discovered that all my girlfriends suffered from Asthma."

"The man who invented cats' eyes got the idea when he saw the eyes of a cat in his headlights. If the cat had been going the other way, he would have invented the pencil sharpener."