Happiness and Tears: The Ken Dodd Story (Hardback)Louis Barfe (author)
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Ken Dodd was a legend of British comedy. He launched his career in 1954, adopted his trademark 'tickling stick' two years later and went on to enjoy a sixty-year career as the nation's jester. Dodd's act was frenzied and zany, exploiting his saucer-eyed, buck-toothed appearance and deploying a repertoire of one-liners, whimsical and verbal inventions and liberal doses of saucy - but never dirty - jokes.
Louis Barfe charts Dodd's life and extraordinarily long career, revealing him to be the last of the great variety acts - and a comic phenomenon who delighted his audiences across seven decades.
Reviews for Happiness and Tears:
'The definitive account' The Times.
'An industriously thorough, entertaining biography' The Spectator.
'Sure to delight Dodd's many admirers' TLS.
'Fascinatingly odd' Daily Express.
'An absolute joy' Choice.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Barfe's biography of Ken Dodd is an absolute joy, celebrating [a] comic genius' * Choice *
'As much a tribute as a biography ... The result is sure to delight Dodd's many admirers' * TLS *
'[Barfe] makes a convincing case for Dodd as the last of the great variety acts, a talent better suited to the stage than the small screen' * The Lady *
'Fascinatingly odd' * Daily Express *
'Louis Barfe's industriously thorough, entertaining biography [...] written with admiration verging on hagiography, portrays the comic genius who was the last performer to uphold this country's tradition of vaudeville in music hall, on radio and television' * Spectator *
'Louis Barfe brings, in his excellent life of Ken Dodd, an experienced and authoritative hand, taking a firm step towards a comprehensive portrait ... The triumphs of his first choice profession are related here in masterly fashion by Louis Barfe' * The Call Boy *
'Louis Barfe charts the life and long career of one of our favourite and much missed comics' * This England *
'This excellent biography is the first serious assessment of the life and legacy of Ken Dodd ... It gives an honest, well-rounded portrait of a great eccentric and comic genius' * Choice Magazine. *
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