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Louis Barfe - Happiness And Tears: The Ken Dodd Story

Louis Barfe - Happiness And Tears: The Ken Dodd Story

In this, the first serious biographical assessment of Ken Dodd since the death of the feather duster-wielding Liverpudlian in spring 2018, respected historian of British light entertainment Louis Barfe charts the life and extraordinarily long comedic career of a man whose career straddled the very tail end of variety and the golden age of television comedy.

When Dodd died, social media divided into two camps: those who wondered what all the fuss was about, and those who had seen him in live performance. Barfe argues that Dodd was the last of the great variety acts, a creator of superb absurd vulgarity who was at his best not on the small screen but on stage, where his act - 'a rolling boil of cumulative humour' - delighted his audiences across seven decades.

This is the definitive life of the man called 'the last great music-hall entertainer', and a true British eccentric, who beat his audiences into submission with stand-up shows that stretched into the wee small hours of the morning.

First published: Thursday 14th November 2019

  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Pages: 336
  • Catalogue: 9781788549530

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  • Released: Thursday 7th May 2020
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Pages: 336
  • Catalogue: 9781788549547

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