At the age of 88, Dodd is back on stage still full of beans. The self-proclaimed ‘human yo-yo’ is still swinging up and down the country on his latest Happiness tour.
Famous for his unruly hair, tickling stick, mile a minute one liners and the world of the Diddy Men, Dodd is as quick as ever after 62 years on stage.
Grand Opera House
Sun Jul 10 @ 7pm
Coming to his favourite venue this Sunday, the Grand Opera House in York, Dodd is ecstatic to get on stage and finds “Yorkshire audiences absolutely wonderful”.
He loves the Opera House: “I am what they call in showbusiness ‘stage struck’ by the theatre. ‘It’s just the right size for a great show I love it, and I love the people who go to it.”
This Sunday he will be joined by a range of guests ready to “exercise the people’s chuckle muscles and give them a really good laugh, no obscenities, just an evening of happiness”.
Dodd is committed to keeping a filth-free family friendly show, deeply against the “mucky people” in comedy today, relying on crude or embarrassing humour. He guarantees several hundred laughs throughout the evening.
Read our Q&A to discover the ‘correct’ way to do comedy according to Dodd. He talks keeping it clean, being struck by inspiration and his range of comedy heroes.
‘It sounds crazy but it’s true’
You’re famous for your lengthy shows, how do you keep the spirits high all evening?
So are there any special names on the supporting line up this Sunday?
In your years on the comedy scene, have you noticed comedy change?
Do you notice a difference in your audiences?
How have you stayed so ‘clean’ and family friendly over the years? Do you still pull in the younger audiences?
Any new comics that take your interest?
How do you prepare your routines?
So you’re struck with inspiration on the spot?
Do you always know how a joke will land?
You play an audience like you play an instrument, you have to warm them up. There’s two ways to do a show. One is doing a show at the audience, the other is to do the show with the audience. Doing a show with the audience is the correct way.
Will you always keep coming back to the stage?