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8th November 1927 British entertainer Ken Dodd was born

Ken Dodd comedy Genius 32 best one liners
Ken Dodd comedy Genius 32 best one liners

Remembering Ken Dodd who was born on the 8th November 1927, one of the longest running artists to have played at the London Palladium 

 

“My dad knew I was going to be a comedian. When I was a baby, he said, ‘Is this a joke?’.”…Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd was thought of as one of the last music hall entertainers, 63 years in the business. One of the Longest running artists to have performed at the London Palladium.   The comedian who appeared on stage, tv, and radio, created the Diddy men characters who lived in the legendary place Knotty Ash, where he really grew up himself in the suburb of Liverpool.  

Given a Knighthood in 2017, he broke a world record for the number of jokes told in 3 hrs a whopping 1500. 19 UK top 40 hits. Many stars and people in the entertainment world refer to him as an icon and inspiration, a one of a kind. Even Sir Paul McCartney’s tribute comments sum up and reflect a generation. 

Farewell to my fellow Liverpudlian the tattyfilarious Ken Dodd. Beloved by many people in Britain and a great champion of his home city and comedy. We met him occasionally as The Beatles and always ended up in tears of laughter. Today it’s tears of sadness. See you Doddy.” -Paul

He was known for being able to do shows that went on for several hours some quote a 5-hour show, he was quoted in a documentary about his life, how to him, it was not an effort he loved entertaining and got great pleasure from making others happy. His hit single “Happiness ” was released in 1964, which was written by Bill Anderson, an American Country singer from the previous year. 1965 saw the slow ballad “Tears” was popular, “Try to Remember” in 1971 another example that showed another side to his versatility.

Dodds recognisable themes

Innuendo and jibes against characters we all love to hate, like the taxman, traffic wardens, political councillors

32 Ken Dodd memorable one-line jokes

  1. “Age doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese”
  2. “An official went to ask my big Auntie Nellie to come off the beach because the tide was waiting to come in.”
  3. “Doctor: ‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m approaching 50.’ ‘From which direction?”‘
  4. “Fifty-five years in show business, ladies and gentlemen. That’s a hell of a long time to wait for a laugh.”
  5. “Honolulu: it’s got everything: sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife’s mother.”
  6. “How many men does it take to change a toilet roll? Nobody knows. It’s never been tried.”
  7. “I have kleptomania. But when it gets bad, I take something for it.”
  8. “I just read a book about Stockholm Syndrome, it started off badly but by the end I really liked it.”
  9. “It’s a privilege to be asked to play here tonight on what is a very special anniversary. It is 100 years to the night since that balcony collapsed”
  10. “It’s ten years since I went out of my mind. I’d never go back.”
  11. “Love makes the world go round, or it does if you are a man over 50.”
  12. “My act is very educational. I heard a man leaving the other night, saying: ‘Well, that taught me a lesson’.”
  13. “My dad knew I was going to be a comedian. When I was a baby, he said, ‘Is this a joke?’.”
  14. “My teeth are all my own. I just finished paying for them.”
  15. “She was a big girl – she could stir-fry a leg of lamb. She tried the ‘speak your weight’ machine. It said: ‘To be continued.'”
  16. “So it turns out that if you bang two halves of a horse together, it doesn’t make the sound of a coconut.”
  17. “So this fellow tells the doctor: ‘Every time I sneeze I feel very sexy.’ The doctor asks: ‘What do you take?’ ‘Pepper’.”
  18. “The French didn’t object to British beef in 1940.”
  19. “You think you can get away, but you can’t. I’ll follow you home and I’ll shout jokes through your letterbox”
  20. “Did you hear about the Frenchman who makes his own gravy? The Count Of Monte Bisto.”
  21. “Honolulu has got everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife’s mother…”
  22. “I always feel at home in theatres like this, because we’re about the same age.”
  23. “I told the Inland Revenue I don’t owe them a penny. I live by the seaside.”
  24. “It turns out that if you bang two halves of a horse together, it doesn’t make the sound of a coconut.”
  25. “It’s ten years since I went out of my mind. I’d never go back.”
  26. “Just read a book about Stockholm Syndrome. It started off badly, but by the end I really liked it…”
  27. “My teeth are all my own. I just finished paying for them.”
  28. “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.”
  29. “The trouble with Freud is that he never played the Glasgow Empire on a Saturday night after Rangers and Celtic had both lost.”
  30. “Have you seen the Millenium wheel, the big wheel, wait til you see the size of the hamster. “
  31. “In this show tonight there is one enemy, time, and I’m here to fight it. “

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