Doddy's back for laughs in Llandudno


Geraint Jones

PREPARE to be totally discomknockerated as a true entertainment legend brings his variety show to Llandudno.

Ken Dodd’s Happiness Show - or The Knotty Ash Eisteddfod, as he calls it - comes to Venue Cymru on August 12 and September 2 and 9.

Dodd’s 58 year career has included many performances on the north Wales coast, and the entertainer was delighted to return.

He said: “I’ve performed at the old theatre in Llandudno, and I’ve had so many happy days there.

“The new building is beautiful and a great theatre to play.”

Dodd’s largely improvised humour has entertained generations of families, and through years of touring he has created his own ‘Giggle Map’ of Britain, which charts what makes people laugh in different regions.

He added: “It’s rather like a wedding dress - something old, something new, something borrowed,nothing blue!

“Sometimes you go onto automatic pilot and little thoughts creep into your head.

The Liverpudlian mirth merchant is still going strong at 84, and baulked at any suggestion of hanging up his tickling stick.

He said: “I just love telling jokes to an audience - in the busy they call it stagestruck - and every show is different.”

Dodd’s other interests are also keeping him busy, with the Jam Butty Mines, Broken Biscuit Repair Works and the Treacle Wells and Moggy
Ranch all beating the recession.

“Only this morning we struck a new marmalade seam, the black pudding bushes are in full bloom, and one of the reasons I’m coming to Llandudno
is that somebody told me they’ve discovered a treacle well in Colwyn Bay.

“I’ve got a friend there who’s going to survey it and see if we can do some kind of export swap!”

Tickets are £20 and £17. To book, contact the Venue Cymru box office on 01492 872 000, or visit

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