Friends of Shanklin Theatre

Memories of Ken Dodd

We were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd on the 11 March 2018. Ken graced our stage back in 2014 and performed (until midnight) to a full theatre, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. ‘Ken Dodd, the master of making people happy’.

A lifelong resident of Knotty Ash in Liverpool, Ken's career as an entertainer started in the mid-1950s. His performances included rapid and incessant delivery of often surreal jokes, and would run for several hours, frequently past midnight. His verbal and physical comedy was supplemented by his red, white and blue "tickling stick" prop, and often introduced by his characteristic upbeat greeting of "How tickled I am!" He interspersed the comedy with songs, both serious and humorous, and with his original speciality, ventriloquism.

He also had several hit singles primarily as a ballad singer in the 1960s, and occasionally appeared in dramatic roles. He performed on radio and television, and popularised the characters of the Diddy Men.

Our Theatre Stage 'Gaffer' Chris Gardner reflects; 'Dear Doddy, I have had to sit through your act till the wee small hours on many an occasion, I am so sad I will not get the pleasure again. It was an honour and a privilege Sir Ken.'

Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd at Shanklin Theatre Poster

Ken Dodd

Above, Chris Gardner and Ken pictured back in March 2014.

Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd

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