Ken Dodd Happiness Show, Spa Centre, Leamington, February 16.
HE’s back! Now in his 85th year and his 60th in show business, he remains one of the hardest working performers in show business – a model for the few attempting to continue a musical tradition.
With new material, in good voice and full of innuendo – “I went out on Sunday night and awoke on Monday morning with misgivings” – Dodd is the master of keeping an appreciative audience in their seats for very long periods. And so it continued for five hours from soon after 7pm (an early start requested by the council in order to clear the building on Saturday night rather than Sunday morning – which failed).