The Comedy Trust have teamed up with National Museums Liverpool, the Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation, Knotty Ash Productions and Liverpool’s Royal Court to create a celebration of one of Liverpool’s most famous sons.
Doddy Day will take place on Sir Ken’s birthday weekend and is a tattyfilarious festival of all that is good about comedy and the impact it can have on people’s health!
The centrepiece of Doddy Day will be The Happiness Show which will take place at Liverpool’s Royal Court, 7 November, starts 2pm. You can book tickets here. Tickets will be £10 with all profits being re-invested in future Doddy Day events.
This most chucklesome event will be packed with family-friendly comedy, tickling sticks and jam butties with Les Dennis already confirmed and more being added to the line-up every day.
Sir Ken was a great believer in the health benefits of laughter and that good comedy is medicinal. The late Eric Sykes said: “One show of Ken Dodd’s is worth six months on the National Health”.
The Comedy Trust have been using comedy as a tool to aid health and wellbeing since it was founded in Liverpool in 2002 and they will be running a series of workshops on the day.
There will be plenty more mirth and merriment, including an online joke competition in the build up to the day. There will also be a hotly contested Jam Butty Cake Bake Off between David Assall, Head Chef at Liverpool’s Royal Court, and James Behan, Head Chef at National Museums Liverpool who have some big Doddy plans for next year.
The joke competition is open to all and people are being encouraged to send in videos of their favourite, family-friendly gags to [email protected], tweet them to @thecomedytrust or upload them at the Doddy Day website here.
The competition will be judged by Sir Ken’s great friend Ricky Tomlinson and the winner will have their joke told on stage at The Happiness Show.