Ken Dodd.

Ken Dodd

The first ever Doddy Day will take place this November

A celebration of one of Liverpool's most famous sons, Sir Ken Dodd will take place on what what have been his birthday weekend, bringing a festival filled with laughter and smiles to the city, whilst also proving that comedy has a positive impact on mental health. The Comedy Trust have teamed up with National Museums Liverpool, the Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation, Radio Merseyside, Knotty Ash Productions and Liverpool's Royal Court to create the celebration which will be known as Doddy Day and will take place on Saturday 7 November 2020.

The Guide Liverpool, 29th September 2020

Stunning portraits of stellar stand-ups

From Ken Dodd and his tickling stick to Nina Conti and her monkey, Guardian photographer Tristram Kenton has snapped a host of superb comedians on stage.

Tristram Kenton, The Guardian, 9th September 2020

Ken Dodd foundation pledge £700k to Shakespeare project

Sir Ken Dodd's widow has pledged £700,000 through the comic's foundation to build a mini-amphitheatre.

BBC, 19th August 2020

Slapstick Festival starts opening up its archives

Bristol's annual Slapstick festival of classic screen comedy has begun sharing previously unreleased footage of its events. The first session to be released under its Laughter In Lockdown banner is what is believed to be the last on-stage appearance by Eric Sykes, when he was interviewed by Graeme Garden in 2009 about his long career.

Chortle, 9th April 2020

Sir Ken Dodd: Murals unveiled in comic's home city

Two murals honouring Liverpool's best known funnyman Sir Ken Dodd have been unveiled in the city on the second anniversary of his death.

BBC, 11th March 2020

Ken Dodd: Happiness and Tears by Louis Barfe review

While Happiness And Tears isn't as substantial a book as it looks - a good third is devoted to a 'Doddography' listing his appearances which is for completists only - it offers a brisk, yet comprehensive and meticulously researched, account of this unique comic's untroubled rise, and at least hints at the man beneath.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 6th January 2020

Happiness and Tears: The Ken Dodd Story review

The comedian had no ambition beyond wanting to keep up a nonstop barrage of terrible jokes.

Roger Lewis, The Times, 16th November 2019

Ken Dodd's gift to neighbours revealed

Sir Ken Dodd's parish church is currently being renovated so that its bell will ring for the first time in 30 years.

Kathryn Ingate, The Daily Express, 1st May 2019