Liverpool comedy legend, Ken Dodd OBE, makes The New Year’s Honours List 2017 to receive a knighthood

Posted on 30 December 2016
By Ellie Gregory
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Liverpool’s most celebrated comedian, Ken Dodd OBE, has finally been awarded a knighthood for services to entertainment and charity this evening after 60 years of bringing laughter and entertainment to the hearts of Britain.

Commemorating 25 years of Christmas shows at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall just yesterday, Ken Dodd brought all aspects of golden British comedy to the stage in his hometown for his ‘Happiness Show’ tour.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo yesterday, Ken said: “Nothing fills me with more happiness than being at home in Liverpool for a traditional Christmas and New Year with lots of laughter.”

Connor Moore, steward at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, said: “The fact that he is 89 and doing a show is spectacular.”

Adding to Ken’s lifetime achievements, most recently he has been awarded honorary member of the Liverpool Press Club on December 9th.

Chris Johnson, Merseyside journalist and Liverpool Press Club Board Member, said: “He is a legend

“He was supposed to do a ten minute speech, but it turned into an hour long comedy set!”

Ken Dodd is an all-round entertainer, with his renowned ‘tickling-sticks’ and creator of the Merseyside’s mythological Diddy Men.

He has appeared in dramas such as in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night onstage in Liverpool in 1971, as well as having a televised role in the 1987 Doctor Who story, Delta and the Bannerman.

Not to forget Ken rivalling The Beatles in the 1960s with his recording of ‘Tears’, which became the UK’s third-best-selling single of the 1960s.

Determined not to retire, and despite admitting that his memory has been failing, Ken has worked intensively to bring happiness to all.

The renowned stand-up comedian has thoroughly delivered joy and tears over the years, from his hilarious one-liners to his Guinness World Record for the world’s longest ever joke-telling session, which was telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours.

Liverpool has produced a wondrous man, full of life, love and laughter, who is certainly worth of a knighthood.

“Did you know that a laugh is something that comes out of a hole in your face? Anywhere else and you’re in dead trouble!” — Ken Dodd OBE.